The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was first introduced in 1938, toward the end of the Great Depression, with laws regulating everything from child labor to maximum weekly work hours to establishing a minimum wage of 40 cents an hour.
Since then, FLSA regulations have evolved somewhat, and many states have developed their own overtime legislation, expanding and limiting overtime pay based on elements of a job, salary, and the needs of the surrounding community.
This map is designed to help employers and employees alike better understand labor laws in their state. This guide to each state’s overtime laws
provides general information only and should not be used in place of legal advice. If you have questions regarding overtime laws in your state, consult your employment counsel, visit your state’s .gov website (such as Idaho.gov or Maryland.gov), or send your questions to the US Department of Labor at