Social Security Act



  • Social Security Act, 1935.The Social Security Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt on August 14, 1935. In addition to several provisions for general welfare, the new Act created a social insurance program designed to pay retired workers age 65 or older a continuing income after retirement.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act, FSLA, 1938.The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes certain minimum requirements for wages, hours of work, premium overtime, and payroll records. The FLSA identifies two types of employees: non-exempt employees and exempt employees.
  • Civil Rights Act, 1964. Title VII.Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.
  • The Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)The Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the Federal Law that makes it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of a disability. It makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability in job application procedures; the hiring, advancement, or discharge of employees; employee compensation; job training; or other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment, because of the individual disability.
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 1967.Employers are prohibited by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act from discriminating against workers who are 40 years of age or older. The ADEA’s purpose is “to promote the employment of older persons based on their ability rather than age; prohibit arbitrary age discrimination in employment; to help employers and workers find ways of meeting problems arising from the impact of age on employment.”
  • Family Medical Leave Act, FMLA, 1993.This law, passed by Congress in 1993, requires certain employers to give their workers up to 12 weeks off per year to care for seriously ill family members, recuperate from their own serious illness or take care of a newborn or newly adopted child. When they return from leave, these workers have the right to be reinstated to their old position
  • Child Labor LawsDepending on your career, your line of work, and what company you work for hiring minors might be part of the culture. Dow Chemical and Novartis are just two large companies that employ hundreds of minors during the summer to help with agriculture research. So it is very important to know both federal and your state laws regarding on hiring minors.
  • Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)This act was signed into law by President Obama in 2010. The act has two pieces of legislation: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. The act’s intent is to expand health insurance coverage to all Americans while increasing quality and affordability. Insurance coverage is required for most citizens and legal residents or they pay a penalty for no coverage. Employers with 50 or more employees are required to provide coverage to full time employees or pay a penalty.
  • Summarize the Act you have chosen.
  • What is required by employers to be in compliance with the Act? What are the employee rights under the Act?
  • What was the purpose and/or intent of the Act established by the state or federal government? Identify social/economic benefits.
  • Who benefits by the Act and how does your ACT or Law compare with other cultural perspectives? For example, do other countries have similar Acts/Laws?
  • Note any changes or updates to the Act that you have discovered in your research since the enactment date. What, why, and when were the changes made?
  • Give observations and opinions about the Act. Do you believe it fulfills its original purpose?
  • Include examples of persons you know or give a case of someone who has benefited by the Act, if appropriate.
  • Describe your core beliefs as they relate to the Act/Law. Is the Act against your core beliefs? Why or why not?
  • Double-spaced Microsoft Word document, 3-5 pages in length (does not include the title page and reference page).
  • APA formatted title page.
  • APA formatted reference page.
  • APA-style in-text citations for all sources paraphrased and/or quoted.
  • Use a standard Times New Roman font, 12-point type.


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