Court Upholds Congress’ Power To Enact Labor Laws

1941

In a switch from the anti-federal/pro-states’ rights rulings such as Collector, Hammer and Schechter, the U.S. Supreme Court rules unanimously in United States v. Darby that the federal government is within its authority in passing the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Court concludes that the law, which establishes numerous minimum wage and maximum labor standards nationwide, falls within Congress’ authority to regulate interstate commerce.