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United States wage and hour law: an updated primer for foreign companies

Kelly Collins Woodford (Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Mitchell College of Business, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688, USA)

Equal Opportunities International

ISSN: 0261-0159

Article publication date: 1 September 2004



In 2002, Equal Opportunities International published a United States wage and hour law “primer” for foreign companies. That primer provided a basic overview of the U.S. laws regulating the compensation of employees who are working in the United States. On August 23, 2004, one major component of that primer changed: who is exempt from the over time requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. This article explains the new Fair Pay Regulations governing which employees may be classified as “exempt” and, consequently, not paid overtime for working more than forty hours in a work week.



Collins Woodford, K. (2004), "United States wage and hour law: an updated primer for foreign companies", Equal Opportunities International, Vol. 23 No. 6, pp. 16-30.



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