The Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently announced the launch of its enhanced electronic version of the Handy Reference Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new online guide is intended to assist businesses and their employees with a simple, easy-to-follow resource. This online guide is part of WHD’s ongoing efforts to modernize compliance assistance materials and to provide accessible, straightforward information to assist with compliance.
Because it applies to so many workers in this country, the FLSA is one of WHD’s most researched requirements, and the new online version provides employers with immediate access to materials they frequently need. The guide offers necessary WHD information and enables users to tailor their experiences to explore the level of detail they choose. Additionally, the guide provides a new design reformatted for laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices and offers additional resources and related information, including plain-language videos.
In the announcement, Acting Administrator Keith Sonderling stated that the Division “believes in providing employers all the tools they need to understand their responsibilities and comply with the law.” Sonderling said WHD officials “are committed to protecting the American worker, and leveling the playing field for job creators who abide by the law. Compliance assistance and vigorous enforcement go hand-in-hand.”
This guide, used in conjunction with employer.gov, worker.gov, and other recently released online tools, helps ensure a better understanding of federal labor laws and regulations. For direct access to the FLSA Handy Reference Guide, go to: