DOL FAQs: COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act

DOL FAQs: COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act

In light of the spread of COVID-19 in the United States, the Department of Labor (DOL) has published answers to frequently asked questions on how employers can stay in compliance with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which regulates wage and hour conditions for employees.

When responding to pandemics or other public health emergencies, employers must be aware of the effects these events can have on wages and hours worked under the FLSA. The guidance offered by these answers provides information on common issues employers may face and will be particularly useful for those who are considering teleworking as a prevention strategy, or those dealing with personnel shortages.

 

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