Wage and Hour Division Law and Legal Definition
The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is responsible for administering and enforcing some of our nation’s most comprehensive labor laws, including: the minimum wage, overtime, and child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA); worker protections provided in several temporary visa programs; and the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) and the Service Contract Act (SCA).
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets minimum wage and overtime pay standards. The Act also gives the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage Hour Division the authority to investigate and gather data regarding the wages and hours of employment for entities subject to FLSA requirements. Employers who violate minimum wage or overtime pay provisions may have to pay back wages and penalties.
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