Fair Standard Act (FLSA)

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After years of judicial opposition and close two years of congressional quarrel, on June 25, 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Fair Standard Act (FLSA). President Roosevelt describes the Act as “the most far-reaching, far-sighted program for the benefit of workers ever adopted in this or any other country."() Before the passage of the Fair Standard Act there were multiple efforts on the state level to restrict hours of work and set minimum wages. In 1840, the longer existing National Trade Union convinced President Van Buren to make an executive order restricting a 10 hour government work day. The National Labor Union made making the 8 hour work week a priority after the civil war had ended. In 1862, an 8 hour work day was enacted

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