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Employers: Time to check your wage and hour compliance


The Department of Labor announced Friday that it has hired an additional 250 wage and hour investigators to respond more quickly to complaints and undertake more targeted enforcement of wage and hour laws.

In the past three months, the Labor Department has brought two enforcement cases that resulted in the recovery of nearly $2 million in back wages for 500 workers.

The Wage and Hour division administers the Fair Labor Act, which sets standards for minimum wages, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor. The act applies to companies with at least $500,000 in annual business.

Of greatest concern to most employers is the complicated area of deciding which employees are exempt from receiving overtime pay and which are non-exempt.  The DOL’s website includes a tool to help employers make proper classifications.

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