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• Does the Fair Labor Standards Act apply to a church vocational training program? This was the issue in a recent federal decision. A local church had established a vocational training program allegedly to further its religious mission, and used a commercial construction company to implement the program. The church argued that the Fair Labor Standards Act could not be enforced against the church, even though members of the church allowed their children to be employed by a commercial enterprise in violation of the prohibitions against child labor, minimum wage, and overtime compensation, because the children were participating in a vocational training program established by a church which was constitutionally protected by the guaranty of religious freedom. The court concluded that the Fair Labor Standards Act did apply to a commercial contractor used by a church as part of its vocational ...

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  • January 1, 1988

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