FLSA is a federal law that addresses minimum wage, record keeping, overtime
pay, and child labor standards that impact full-time and part-time workers in
all sectors: both public and private. All employees that hold positions
eligible to overtime provisions are covered by the FLSA. Any hours exceeding 40
during a working week means that reception of overtime is eligible.
Challenge facing FLSA
biggest challenge facing the FLSA currently is the fact that employers need to
constantly check if they are compliant with the law. In a fast flexible and
changing workplace, sometimes the law seems inapplicable in different
scenarios. The challenges met are practical in the workplaces while the
guidelines are a little vague and not clear to comprehend e.g.. Employees
sometimes perform a variety of duties in the workplace. Now this becomes a
problem when categorizing them as either exempt or not exempt from the law.
This is normally based on a subjective measure in a practical situation. In
cases like these, compliance as per the law may cost the employer very high
legal costs. High costs affect business ventures, leading to poor production.
Also, to avoid fines and high charges, an employer is force to work slowly and
cautiously making sure that the categories that the employees are in are
definite and concrete. Otherwise in a mix-up situation, the employer stands to
challenge should be approached carefully. All areas of the law that are not
applicable should be reviewed and revised to accommodate more on the employers’
side (Waterfill, 2006). This way clarity can be sought out. Employers will
benefit from the revised version making it easier to classify, and offer more
while doing more in their respectful fields.