Are Part-Time Workers Covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protects workers in many ways, providing that workers are entitled to be paid at least minimum wage, and that non-exempt workers are entitled to be paid time and a half for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours in any one work week. However, many workers in the United States work part-time. What, if any, protections are afforded these workers?

The Department of Labor (DOL) explains that whether an employee is part-time or full-time, he or she is covered by the FLSA. Thus, while part-time employees may not work the hours required to make overtime compensation a consideration, employers must adhere to other requirements set forth by the law, including that they pay at least minimum wage. Further, for tipped workers, such as wait staff, the FLSA sets forth very specific guidelines concerning tips and tip credits. Where a part-time worker is under the age of 18, federal law sets forth additional guidelines for youth workers.

Whether you are a full-time, part-time, or seasonal worker, the FLSA protects you. If you have any questions, or are concerned that you have not received all the compensation you are entitled to, please contact the experienced Atlanta wage and hour lawyers at Buckley Bala Wilson Mew LLP for an immediate case evaluation.