Other Labor Laws


In addition to FLSA, Wage-Hour enforces and administers a number of other labor laws. Among these are:
  1. the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, which require payment of prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits on federally financed or assisted construction;
  2. the Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act, which requires payment of minimum wage rates and overtime pay on contracts to provide goods to the Federal Government;
  3. the Service Contract Act, which requires payment of prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits on contracts to provide services to the Federal Government;
  4. the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act, which sets overtime standards for service and construction contracts;
  5. the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, which protects farm workers by imposing certain requirements on agricultural employers and associations and requires the registration of crewleaders who must also provide the same worker protections;
  6. the Wage Garnishment Law, which limits the amount of an individual's income that may be legally garnished and prohibits firing an employee whose pay is garnished for payment of a single debt;
  7. the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, which prohibits most private employers from using any type of lie detector test either for pre-employment screening of job applicants or for testing current employees during the course of employment;
  8. the Family and Medical Leave Act, which entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave each year, with maintenance of group health insurance, for the birth and care of a child, for the placement of a child for adoption or foster care, for the care of a child, spouse, or parent with a serious health condition, or for the employee's serious health condition;
  9. the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Act of 1999 provides for the enforcement of employment conditions attested to by employers in disadvantaged areas employing H-1C temporary nonimmigrant registered nurses;
  10. the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act requires the payment of prevailing wages and fringe benefits to service employees on contracts for the provision of services to the Federal government; and
  11. the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, which:
. under the employment eligibility provisions, requires employers to verify the employment eligibility of all individuals hired and keep Immigration and Naturalization Service forms (I-9) on file for at least 3 years and for one year after an employee is terminated;
. under the H-2A provisions, provides for the enforcement of contractual obligations of job offers which have been certified to by employers of temporary alien nonimmigrant agricultural workers;
. under the H-1C provisions, provides for the enforcement of employment conditions attested to by employers in disadvantaged areas employing H-1C temporary alien nonimmigrant registered nurses;
. under the D-1 provisions, provides for the enforcement of employment conditions at-tested to by employers seeking to employ alien crewmembers to perform specified longshore activity at U.S. ports; and
. under the H-1B provisions, provides for the enforcement of labor condition applications filed by employers wishing to employ aliens in specialty occupations and as fashion models of distinguished merit and ability.
More detailed information on FLSA and other laws administered by Wage-Hour is available by calling our toll-free help line 1-866-4US-WAGE (1-866-487-9243). For those who have access to the Internet, further information may also be obtained on the Wage and Hour Division Internet Home Page which can be located at the following address: www.wagehour.dol.gov.