“A fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.”
–Franklin D. Roosevelt, addressing the United States Congress in 1937 explaining the reason for requesting Congress to pass the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 was created to protect the welfare of employees and maintain a healthy work environment. In the pursuit of success, companies need more work without always providing more staff. Situations like this lead to many employees working long hours. The FLSA was passed to provide compensation to these employees that had to sacrifice time away from family or personal recuperation time. This act doesn’t set a standard for the amount of time that an employee can spend at their job, but it does make it less profitable for companies to continue this practice and duly compensate those who sacrifice their time.
Times have changed since 1938, but this act is still just as important in today’s work environment. In Georgia, it is our mission as overtime attorneys to protect employees from companies not adhering to the Fair Labor Standards Act.
We understand the hardship placed on employees today. In an effort to cut costs, many jobs are moving overseas leaving others without jobs in the United States. So employees are working harder and longer hours in order to keep their jobs. The movement into the digital age also has created a different work week than the traditional 9 to 5 Monday through Friday. Today’s employees are continually working at home, on weekends, on vacation, and even long into the night. It is not unusual to find professionals who are putting in over 50 hours a week.
Since you spend a majority of your waking hours at your job, it is imperative that you are duly compensated. Everyone wants to make more money and ideally work less; that is why it is so important to enforce federal overtime laws and rules to make sure you are compensated for all that you do. It doesn’t matter what field of work you are in: restaurant staff, construction, the service industry, or an administrative field. More and more employees are finding themselves working overtime and a shocking number of them are not duly compensated. It has been our experience that many employees don’t even know they are eligible for overtime pay. Who wouldn’t want more money, especially if you earned it! Which is why we are here to help!
FLSA regulations not only protect employees, but they also protect organizations that follow overtime rules and compensate their employees properly. Payroll is often one of the single largest costs of a business. Therefore, companies that violate the Act gain an unfair advantage over companies that comply. Without attorneys protecting the rights of employees, more companies would be open to finding ways to violate the act so that they can compete with the non-complying companies.
The United States Department of Labor estimates that 70% of employers are not in compliance with FLSA regulations.
Businesses will always have pressure to get more for less from employees. Family values and the general well-being of workers will always be important enough to protect in the United States. This country has had enough of the “class wars” of the 21st century. A corporate “war” on employees is the last thing our country needs to move progressively through the 21st century. Corporations and their employees need to focus more on the values of the 20th century that made the United States the strongest country and the envy of the world — cooperation between corporations and people, visionary leadership, and a “fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.”
Justice at Work is our mission. Protecting the rights of employees and the values that make the United States strong is what we do!
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