June 25, 1938: FDR Signs the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938
On this day in 1938, Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), abolishing child labor and establishing the 40-hour work week, a national minimum wage, and “time and a half” overtime pay. This final piece of New Deal legislation has been amended over 20 times both to raise the minimum wage and extend the law’s protections to historically oppressed groups.
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Photo: "Glassworks. Midnight. Location: Indiana" 1908 Photo by Lewis W. Hine. Source: Library of Congress