The Fair Labor Standards Act Analytical Essay by Neatwriter

The Fair Labor Standards Act
An examination of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and its implications for American workers today.
# 62696 | 6,963 words | 19 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Dec 08, 2005 in Business (Law) , Law (Business) , Political Science (U.S.) , English (Analysis) , Business (Human Resources)

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To determine how effective the Fair Labor Standards Act has been in accomplishing its original purposes and what implications this legislation had on American workers and industries, this paper provides an overview of the Act. The paper presents a comprehensive assessment of the impact this legislation had on the labor market. Finally, an extensive analysis of current and future trends is followed by a summary of the research in the conclusion.
Review and Discussion
Background and Overview
Current and Future Trends

From the Paper:

"Although most Americans take for granted the wide range of social programs that are in place for their protection, many of these initiatives are fairly recent in origin, but one that has been around for quite some time is the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. The legislation established a minimum standard wage and a maximum work week of 40 hours in industries that were engaged in interstate commerce. The implications of the Act were profound, and today, in what has become a classic pattern over the years, calls for increases to the federal minimum wage are followed by impassioned cries from industry leaders that such an initiative will do more to harm business than it will to help minimum-wage workers. Rather than routinely bankrupt America's businesses, though, the federal minimum wage has served as a vehicle with which the nation can help ensure that all workers receive a living wage, but critics have consistently pointed out that the federal minimum wage has been and remains too low for this purpose (Hart, 1994)."

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