Is It Time to Rewrite Federal Labor Laws?


We’re sitting down with employment experts to find out if the decades-old FLSA is in need of an overhaul

This summer, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) turns an incredible 80 years old.

The FLSA was born in 1938 when Senator Hugo Black drafted it as part of the New Deal legislation under President Roosevelt. At the time, it was intended to standardize the labor climate in the United States. Today, the FLSA enforces specific rights for full- and part-time employees, such as minimum wage, overtime, and child labor laws.

Over the years, the FLSA hasn’t changed drastically, but there have been socially significant amendments to it, which include those related to equal pay, discrimination, migrant workers, minimum wage, and most recently, wage theft.

It’s been so long since the FLSA was originally written, we couldn’t help but wonder: Is it time for an overhaul? TSheets surveyed business owners about their views on the 80-year-old statute. What we’ve discovered so far is quite interesting. As important as these labor laws are to business owners and their employees, 43 percent of respondents admitted they don’t even know what the FLSA is.

Having said that, of those who seemed to have an idea about the FLSA, 44 percent know it protects workers.

However, less than 1 percent of respondents said the FLSA is easy to follow, while 3 percent said it’s too complex. Respondents were split about whether the FLSA restricts or supports business growth (3 percent agree the FLSA supports their business, while 3 believe they would be better off without it).

A meager 4 percent of respondents said they don’t think the FLSA protects workers, a far cry from the aforementioned 43 percent who think it does.


How would the FLSA read if it were written today? Join us April 10 to find out!

Tune in April 10 for our webinar “Is It Time to Rewrite the FLSA?” hosted by TSheets Content Marketing Lead, Simon Worsfold. With the help of a panel of employment law experts — including New Jersey’s former Deputy Attorney General, Ivo Becica, and Celine McNicholas, the Economic Policy Institute’s Director of Labor Law and Policy — you’ll learn more about how the laws impact businesses, how the laws have changed, and what you can expect in the years to come. Can the FLSA stand the test of time, or have our business practices changed too much in the last 80 years to continue abiding by Depression-era laws?