How to Classify, Apply, and Comply with FLSA

November 8, 2016

Category: Compliance, Zenefits

As an employer, there are many critical laws that you must follow to have a thriving business. One of the most ill-understood among them is the Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, which governs overtime, minimum wage, and child labor law.

The Fair Labor Standards Act is the federal law that sets federal minimum wage and hour requirements. It determines how companies must classify and pay employees, setting minimum wage, overtime, and child labor requirements.

Despite its importance, the law hasn’t been getting the serious treatment that it needs. Over the past decade, the number of lawsuits and fines has reached a record high, with consequences that can be devastating for small and growing companies.

Even while we’re more aware of these different styles of employment, many companies are ill-equipped to properly define who is an employee and what that means for their business. As the government continues to refine the FLSA to address concerns unique to our modern world of work, gray areas—and penalties—abound.

What’s the risk?


increase in lawsuits from 2000-2014

$37+ million

paid out by companies for minimum wage violations (2015)

$137+ million

paid out by companies for overtime violations (2015)

With FLSA violations steadily on the rise since 1990, it’s time to double down and be confident that you’re fully compliant.

Join us for a webinar on How to Prepare for Changes to FLSA Overtime Rules to get your business on track.


After working in the field of psychology research for years, Bella loves sharing what she's learned in a more directly impactful context. She's interested in the intersection of people and business, and wants to promote conversations about HR. She's an amateur ceramicist, pro dog walker, and produces podcasts on the side.

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