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Education & Labor Committee Republicans

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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Subcommittee to Examine Impact of the Fair Labor Standards Act on the Modern Workforce

On Thursday, July 14 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), will hold a hearing entitled, “The Fair Labor Standards Act: Is It Meeting the Needs of the Twenty-First Century Workplace?” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 

Enacted in 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets forth employment rules concerning minimum wages, maximum hours, and overtime pay. The Department of Labor estimates more than 130 million workers are affected by the FLSA. Despite the broad impact of the law on the American workforce, it is largely outdated and does not accurately reflect the realities of modern technology or today’s economy. The law has also created an environment of uncertainty with employers facing a patchwork of conflicting interpretations of the law and employees facing difficulty understanding their rights under the law.

As the committee continues to review laws and regulations affecting American workers, Thursday’s hearing will give members an opportunity to examine the effects of the Fair Labor Standards Act on the American workforce. To learn more about this hearing, visit www.edworkforce.house.gov/hearings.

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WITNESS LIST

J. Randall MacDonald
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
IBM
Armonk, NY
Testifying on behalf of the HR Policy Association

Richard L. Alfred
Partner
Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
Boston, MA

Nobumichi Hara
Senior Vice President of Human Capital
Goodwill of Central Arizona
Phoenix, AZ

Judy Conti
Federal Advocacy Coordinator
National Employment Law Project
Washington, D.C.

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