What Should Employers Expect from the Wage and Hour Division?

Increased scrutiny of worker classification, overtime pay calculations, family and medical leave practices, and record keeping. Under the new administration, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is expected to receive a substantial increase in funding, which will be used to enhance investigation and enforcement efforts. Particular areas that warrant attention include:

  • Employee classifications (exempt and nonexempt)
  • Payment of minimum wage
  • Overtime pay
  • Payroll deductions
  • Paid and unpaid leave
  • Payment of discharged employees
  • Payroll policies and practices
  • Record keeping  

We believe the time and expense of conducting an annual wage and hour audit is well spent in light of the advantages an audit can provide employers facing an investigation.