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Payments and Working Hours

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is also known as the Wage and Hour Act. requires payment of a minimum wage as well as the payment of overtime after 40 hours of work per week.  Payment of overtime is to be 1-1/2 times the regular hourly rate.  This Act also deals with child labor laws.  Generally, children under the age of 14 are not supposed to work.  Children between the ages of 14 and 16 can work in all industries with the exception of certain hazardous work.  Certain exemptions are available under the FLSA to executives, administrative and professional employees, and for outside salesmen.

Generally, employees without work through no fault of their own, are eligible for unemployment compensation benefits.  Unemployment compensation is provided primarily through a federal and State system under the unemployment insurance  provi­sions of the Social Security Act.  State agencies are loosely coordinated under this Act.  Basically, States are generally free to prescribe the amount and the length of benefits and the conditions required for eligibility.  In most States, the unemployed person must be available for placement in a similar job and be willing to take such employment at a comparable rate of pay.  If an employee quits a job without cause, or is fired for misconduct, he ordinarily is disqualified for unemployment benefits.

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