ANNIVERSARY: Federal Labor Standards Act

This month marks the 85th anniversary of what we might think of as our foundational law related to work-life balance: the Federal Labor Standards Act of 1938. With the rise of remote work and American hustle culture many people work much more than just 9-to-5 or 40 hours a week, earning the U.S. the title of “the Most Overworked Developed Nation in the World.”

In this month’s Affinity newsletter, we delve into how the law came into being and whether foundational labor laws implemented decades ago have been able to keep up with the rapidly evolving landscape of American work culture.

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MBLB strives to be a diverse law firm. Our goal is to create and maintain an environment that welcomes and fosters mutual respect for different perspectives, backgrounds and life experiences regardless of gender, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability. We are committed to ensuring that professional growth and advancement are based on capability and performance and recognize that a diverse workforce enriches our experiences and lends to our success. We value and support all who positively contribute to our practice and our community.

MBLB’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee members include Members Alan Brackett, Mike Parks, and Simone Yoder, Associate Tyler Loga and Human Resources Director, Linda Castanza.

Among the initiatives the DE&I Committee has launched is the Affinity newsletter, which allows diverse voices and points of view to be shared, both within our firm and externally. The newsletter is intended to educate, particularly on historical diversity issues and their impact on or by the law. While these articles provide valuable perspective, they are not intended to espouse a position by the firm.

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