The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division is responsible for administering and enforcing some of the country's most comprehensive labor laws, including the minimum wage, overtime, recordkeeping, and youth employment provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The following information is intended to answer some of the most frequently asked questions that have arisen when private and public employers require employees to take furloughs and reductions in pay and/or hours worked as businesses and state and local governments adjust to economic challenges.