The effects of federal labor laws on the society
Labor laws of the United States of America
One works in an office, a factory, an enterprise or runs his own business to meet his daily needs and those of his family's. To set a worker's perspective on the amount of his compensation that he will receive on a particular day, giving him discretion as to the pace of his work, the federal government enacted the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 which sets the minimum wage. Currently, the average minimum wage is $5.15/hour. It is a fact than when one works, he puts particular emphasis on work performance because a good job performance means promotion. And promotion means higher compensation.
But nowadays this trend is not usually followed, and in fact always violated everywhere. Although employers meet the minimum wage criterion in paying salaries, some workers work in hazardous environments that their salaries are not commensurate to the work they are doing. Still some individuals are overworked but are underpaid, and to some extent, the workers are not given the benefits entitled to them by the provisions of law. This is aggravated by the fact that employers are given latitude in the determination of compensation levels. These salary/wage violations create legal problems for a certain organization employing the services of the employees.
Contemporary times have seen so many unfair labor practices committed by employers from both the public and private sectors that even the legal system cannot catch up in dispensing justice to each and every labor case, tackling compensation problems in particular. Yet, one of the several laws enacted was the Equal Pay Act, which ensures that business organizations do not engage in gender-based wage discrimination for workers who perform the same work in the same establishment.
For the benefit of the two parties, and not to strain the employer-employee relationship, some practices should be observed like reviewing periodically the compensation to the employee if it meets the requirements under the law and rapid-reviewing and providing solutions to compensation disparities. In this way, employers are protected from lawsuits, and at the same time employees are satisfied.