Fair Labor Standards Act, Third Edition

The law surrounding the Fair Labor Standards Act has grown exponentially in recent years, and the demand for this two-volume set reflects that growth. This essential tool provides a balanced and comprehensive treatment of the FLSA statute, DOL regulations, and case law regarding private and DOL enforcement and employer obligations.

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Now in its Third Edition, and with a reorganized chapter structure, The Fair Labor Standards Act is an essential tool for helping practitioners understand FLSA coverage and exemptions. With this resource, counsel can make informed decisions about why and how to proceed on a particular course for clients.  It provides a point-by-point evaluation of each FLSA exemption and discusses issues including collective action litigation brought under the FLSA by individual private plaintiffs, "hybrid" actions involving both state and federal law claims, and elements of enforcement actions and litigation brought by the Secretary of Labor. 

Highlights of the latest edition include:

  • Updated analysis of the evolving jurisprudence on arbitration of FLSA claims, including arbitration of collective actions
  • Expanded analysis of the Section 7(i) retail sales or service establishment exemption
  • New discussion on FLSA coverage of interns
  • Completely rewritten chapter analyzing independent contractor and joint employer issues

All discussions include meticulous citations and footnotes - with decisions broken out by Circuit. 


  • Ch. 1 - A Brief History of the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Ch. 2 - Operations and Functions of the Department of Labor
  • Ch. 3 - The Employment Relationship
  • Ch. 4 - Employer Coverage
  • Ch. 5 - White-Collar Exemptions
  • Ch. 6 - Other Statutory Exemptions
  • Ch. 7 - Agricultural Exemptions
  • Ch. 8 - Compensable Hours
  • Ch. 9 - Minimum Wage Requirements
  • Ch. 10 - Overtime Compensation
  • Ch. 11 - Government Employment
  • Ch. 12 - Child Labor
  • Ch. 13 - Retaliation
  • Ch. 14 - Recordkeeping
  • Ch. 15 - Department of Labor Enforcement and Remedies
  • Ch. 16 - Litigation Issues
  • Ch. 17 - Collective Actions and "Hybrid" Class Actions


Bloomberg Law authors and editors are practicing professionals with insider perspectives and real-life experience. Learn more about this book’s authors and editors.

Ellen C. Kearns is a partner and the Wage and Hour Practice Group Co-Chair at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP, Boston MA.


Aaron D. Kaufmann is a partner at Leonard Carder LLP, Oakland, CA.


Dennis M. McClelland is a partner at Phelps Dunbar LLP, Tampa FL.



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“This exhaustive two-volume treatise explores every facet of the Fair Labor Standards Act. An essential tool for any labor lawyer or attorney representing employers, labor unions, government entities, or private parties who wishes to understand the precise applications of specific provisions of the Act.”

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