Today in labor history: Fair Labor Standards Act signed by Roosevelt

On this day in 1938 President Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act. The new law established a shorter work week (44 hours), prohibited child labor, set a minimum wage and provided time and one-half for overtime. 

Senator Hugo Black,  author of the law, initially proposed a 30-hour week. Close to 700,000 workers were benefited from the legislation.


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