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Labor Law History: The Creation of the Modern Workplace

This episode of The Hearth shares the labor laws timeline from the 1800s & 1900s to now, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), National Labor Relations Act, the introduction of the minimum wage and the end of child labor.

This episode is part two of how today’s modern world of work came to be.

In part one, Episode 9, we explored the transition from the Roman Empire through to Feudalism, the development of Capitalism, and the industrialization of work.

Today we will dive into the 1800s through to the age of technology.

We’ll cover laws specific to the United States, specifically laws that increase the rights of the worker while limiting the abuses and power of the employer.

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If something you heard today brought a smile to your face or a spark to your heart, and you’d like to connect with me, here are a few ways you can do that. One is my newsletter, it’s where I put most of my time and energy when I’m not working with clients or on this podcast. Sorry social media! It’s a mix of real life stories, tips and tricks and of course updates on what’s happening with the podcast. Whenever something is going on with me or in my business, it always comes out there first.

Another resource that I have for you is my Guide to Doing Work Differently. The guide takes you through four inquiries into how you can build a more sustainable and equitable work environment for yourself and your team. It's a great place to start.

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