Fair Labor Standards Act, says an article published by the US Department of Labor. Not only did these laws end the immoral practice of child labor, but they also set the first labor and safety standards.According to an article published by Business Insider, it wasn’t until Congress amended the Act in 1940 that a 40-hour workweek became law.
Most businesses and industries divide it into 8 hours a day, five days a week. Hours beyond the standard were considered overtime and paid accordingly.
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