LAW7764 - Fair Labor Standards Act

LAW7764 - Fair Labor Standards Act

Course Number: 

7764

Type: 

Seminar

Credits: 

3

Prerequisite(s):

none

This seminar will consider the context in which the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) became law, its evolution between 1938 and today, and its current application. The class will consider some of the hot button issues in wage and hour enforcement, including the shrinking white collar exemptions, misclassification of employees as independent contractors, and the problem of wage theft faced by many marginalized workers, including undocumented immigrants. The class will rely heavily on the text of the federal statute and the extensive regulations that interpret the FLSA, as well as the parallel regulatory schemes adopted by states and municipalities. Case law interpreting applying wage and hour statutes will be considered alongside practical examples of litigation strategies under these statutes.