Imagine an America where children work with toxic chemicals in factories, mines, and mills. Where workers make as little as $1 a day and are forced to work 80-hour workweeks with no overtime pay.
Before the enactment of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in 1938, this is what life looked like for America's low-income workers. The FLSA fundamentally changed the American economy by outlawing most forms of child labor, instituting a 40-hour workweek, and guaranteeing a federal minimum wage. But today’s advocates argue that the FLSA must be updated to fight back against the current assault on working Americans.
On March 28, NCL and the American Constitution Society co-hosted a symposium to celebrate the history and success of the FLSA and to build an agenda to improve our laws to meet the needs of our 21st Century workforce.