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You, Your Competitors,
and the Wage & Hour Law
Fairness is the watchword of America.
This applies to labor standards as well as to sports. That is the way
99 out of every 100 businessmen feel about it. It is for this reason
that most employers are supporting the Wage and Hour Law, officially
known as the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
The wages and hours maintained in the majority of plants in this
country are well above the standards required by the law. All except
a handful of businessmen would like to maintain these standards on
a voluntary basis, if they could. But if they tried it, a small percent
of their competitors might drive them out of existence with low prices
based on sweatshop wages.
No one likes regulation. But to some people, traffic lights mean
nothing unless they are in danger of being caught for running through
them. The same is true of fair labor standards.
What does the Wage and Hour Law mean to the fair-minded busi-
nessman? It means that he need no longer fear the kind of competi-
tion which is based on low wages and inhuman hours of toil. It
means that he can now compete for markets on the solid foundation of
more efficient production, more intelligent management and a better
product for the consumer's money.
At your service are 1,000 fair labor standards inspectors of the Wage
and Hour Division, United States Department of Labor. Strategic-
ally located in the principal cities, they are ready to cooperate with
any employer suffering from the competition of a businessman who
is violating the law. Their goal is 100 percent compliance with the
provisions of the law and they are moving towards this goal with
industry-wide inspections. Behind them stands an act with plenty of
enforcement teeth, providing for criminal prosecutions by the De-
partment of Justice as well as civil suits for injunctions against any
The law requires that every employee engaged in interstate com-
merce or in any occupation necessary to the production of goods for
interstate commerce be paid at least 30 cents an hour and time and
a half his regular rate of pay after 40 hours a week.' Higher minimum
rates (between 30 and 40 cents an hour) have been set by wage order,
following the recommendations of industry committees, for a dozen
major industries, including textiles and apparel. Other wage orders
for certain industries probably will be issued.
If you have any problems concerning the application of the Wage
and Hour Law to your business, do not hesitate to communicate with
your local Wage and Hour Division representative. He is there to
serve you. The Division's offices are listed below.
Wage and Hour Field Offices
Atlanta, Ga., Witt Building, 249 Peachtree Street.
Baltimore, Md., 606 Snow Building.
Birmingham, Ala., 1007 Comer Building, 2d Avenue and 21st Street.
Boston, Mass., 304 Walker Building, 120 Boylston Street.
Buffalo, N. Y., Pearl and Swan Streets.
Charleston, W. Va., 805 Peoples Building.
Charlotte, N. C., 221 Post Office Building.
Chicago, Ill., 1200 Merchandise Mart, 222 West North Bank Drive.
Cincinnati, Ohio, 1312 Traction Building.
Cleveland, Ohio, 728 Standard Building, 1370 Ontario Street.
Columbia, S. C., Federal Land Bank Building, Hampton and Marion
Columbus, Ohio, 211 Rowlands Building.
Dallas, Tex., 824 Santa Fe Building, 1114 Commerce Street.
Denver, Colo., 300 Chamber of Commerce Building.
Des Moines, Iowa, 227 Old Federal Building.
Detroit, Mich., 348 Federal Building.
Honolulu, T. H., 345 Federal Building.
Houston, Tex., 605 Federal Office Building.
Indianapolis, Ind., 108 East Washington Street.
Jackson, Miss., 402 Deposit Guaranty Bank Building.
Jacksonville, Fla., 456 New Post Office Building.
Kansas City, Mo., 504 Title and Trust Building, 10th and Walnut
Little Rock, Ark., 333 State Capitol Building.
Los Angeles, Calif., 417 H. W. Hellman Building.
Louisville, Ky., 1106 Republic Boulevard.
I Between October 24, 1938, and October 24, 1939, the minimum was 25 cents an hour, the standard
workweek, 44 hours. From then until October 24, 1940, the standard workweek was 42 hours.
From October 24, 1939, until October 24, 1945, the statutory minimum wage is 30 cents, and from
October 24, 1940. the standard workweek is 40 hours.
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Manchester, N. H., 227 Post Office Building.
Milwaukee, Wis., 298 Federal Building.
Minneapolis, Minn., 406 Pence Building, 730 Hennepin Avenue.
Nashville, Tenn., Medical Arts Building, 119 7th Avenue North.
Newark, N. J., 1004 Kinney Building, 790 Broad Street.
New Orleans, La., 1512 Pere Marquette Building.
New York, N. Y., 30th Street and 9th Avenue, Parcel Post Building.
Oklahoma City, Okla., 523 Federal Building.
Pawtucket, R. I., 214 Post Office Building.
Peoria, Ill., 342 Post Office Building.
Philadelphia, Pa., 1216 Widener Building, Chestnut and Juniper
Pittsburgh, Pa., 219 Old Post Office Building.
Portland, Maine, 309 Federal Building, 76 Pearl Street.
Portland, Oreg., 315 Customhouse.
Raleigh, N. C., 507 Raleigh Building, Hargett and Fayetteville
Richmond, Va., 215 Richmond Trust Building, 627 East Main Street.
Salt Lake City, Utah, 207 Boston Building.
San Antonio, Tex., 583 Federal Building.
San Francisco, Calif., 785 Market Street.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, Box 112 Post Office.
Seattle, Wash., 305 Post Office Building.
Spokane, Wash., 228 Hutton Building.
St. Louis, Mo., 100 Old Federal Building.
St. Paul, Minn., 137 State Office Building.
Worcester, Mass., 503 Federal Building.
U. S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE. 1941
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