Interpretation Letters

For years, employers wrestling with thorny wage and hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) have used the Wage & Hour Division’s (“WHD”) opinion letters for fact-specific guidance.  To the extent a particular issue was not addressed by a current opinion letter, the employer could submit a request for an opinion letter and obtain definitive guidance from WHD.  Employers who relied on opinion letters were immune from FLSA liability under the Portal Act’s safeharbor provision, which allows an employer to avoid liability for FLSA violations if the employer relied on a written interpretation of the WHD.

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