Fair Labor Standards Act

(1938)

The Fair Labor Standards Act of June 25, 1938, was a signature piece of legislation of the New Deal, the name given to the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression. Three words are often used to describe the Roosevelt administration's efforts during the 1930s: recovery, relief, and reform. “Recovery” focused on efforts to get the economy moving again and introduce stability into the banking and financial system. “Relief” focused on trying to provide millions of unemployed and destitute people with a paycheck through such programs as the Works Progress Administration, which put the unemployed on the federal payroll. “Reform” refers to sweeping efforts not just to address the financial crisis with temporary measures but to effect fundamental changes in American society. One success was enactment of the Social Security Act of 1935, which provided a welfare system for the aged and the disabled. A second major reform was the National Labor...

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