The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) enforces federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The WHD also enforces the family and Medical Leave Act and a number of other employment standards and worker protections.
Generally, the WHD will initiate an audit after a current or former employee files complaint or during a routine investigation. A WHD auditor will visit an organization to conduct interviews, examine time clocks and ensure that all employment notifications are available to employees. The auditor will also review up to three years of wage and hour records to determine whether there are any violations in an employer’s payroll practices.
The case studies in this article provide real-world scenarios of employers found to be in violation of wage and hour rules. It includes snapshots of violations and guidance for how those employers could’ve prevented their situations. By examining these case studies, employers can learn from the mistakes of others in similar industries and avoid DOL violations. Click to read more: Wage & Hour Case Study: DOL Violations