Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) administers and enforces more than 180 federal laws including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA prescribes standards for wages and overtime pay.

The FLSA generally requires covered employers to compensate employees at one and one-half times the regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a single work week or in excess of a FLSA-defined work period. The DOL, under congressional mandate, defines and delineates which employees are exempt from the Act’s overtime requirements. The most common exemptions, frequently referred to as “white collar” exemptions, include:

  • Bona fide Executive
  • Administrative
  • Professional
  • Outside Sales
  • Computer Professionals

To be considered FLSA exempt, employees must meet certain standard tests related to their primary job duties and meet a minimum salary requirement.

The Arizona State Personnel System Rules also address overtime compensation and procedures for State employees. Click here to view the Personnel Rules.


If you have questions or concerns regarding FLSA, please contact Classification/Compensation at 602 542-5950.

For additional information on FLSA visit the DOL Wage and Hour Division web site at: www.wagehour.dol.gov. DOL can also be reached by calling their toll-free information and helpline at 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243), available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in your time zone.