The employees of certain enterprises in New York and elsewhere receive protection from the federal government when it comes to matters such as their minimum wages as well as their eligibility for overtime pay. This protection comes in the form of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Here is a glimpse at what types of enterprises are covered by this federal law.
An enterprise is covered by the FLSA if its yearly gross sales volume is at least half a million dollars. In addition, hospitals or institutions that primarily focus on caring for those who are mentally ill, sick or aged are covered. Likewise, covered entities include schools for gifted children, mentally ill children or physically disabled children.
Preschools, elementary and secondary schools are also covered by the FLSA. The same is true for institutions of higher learning, whether they are not-for-profit or profit organizations. Finally, any enterprises that complete the activities of public agencies must comply with FLSA requirements.
Even enterprises that are not technically covered enterprises may still be subject to the FLSA's provisions regarding the minimum wage, recordkeeping, overtime pay and child labor if they engage in interstate commerce. Interstate commerce includes using the mail or the telephone, shipping or receiving goods, or crossing state lines to complete job-related tasks. Employees who feel that their employers are not complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) may benefit from seeking the guidance of an attorney who is experienced in addressing employment and labor law in New York. The attorney's goal in these situations is to make sure that the employees are treated fairly and that their workplace-related rights are not violated.
Source: dol.gov, "Wage and Hour Division (WHD)", Accessed on March 22, 2018