This morning the Education and the Workforce Committee Subcommittee on Workforce Protections will examine whether the FLSA is outdated in today’s modern workforce.  The hearing is entitled  “The Fair Labor Standards Act: Is It Meeting the Needs of the Twenty-First Century Workplace?”

According to the Subcommittee’s media advisory:

Despite the broad impact of the [FLSA] on the American workforce, it is largely outdated and does not accurately reflect the realities of modern technology or today’s economy. The law has also created an environment of uncertainty with employers facing a patchwork of conflicting interpretations of the law and employees facing difficulty understanding their rights under the law.

As the committee continues to review laws and regulations affecting American workers, Thursday’s hearing will give members an opportunity to examine the effects of the Fair Labor Standards Act on the American workforce.

Representatives from the business and legal communities as well as workers’ advocacy groups are expected to testify.  You can watch a webcast of the hearing beginning on July 14, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. CST here.