by Dean LeDoux, Esq.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is stepping up efforts to encourage and support certain types of wage-loss claims by low-income workers. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced in April that the department was rolling out its “We Can Help” campaign to address this issue.
If you employ relatively low-wage workers, you need to be aware of this program.
The program will be administered by the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division. It focuses on two specific types of wage-loss claims:
- Failure to pay employees the federally mandated minimum wage rate (currently $7.25 per hour)
- Failure to pay federally mandated overtime wages (for applicable employees working more than 40 hours per week).
The stated mission of “We Can Help,” according to a DOL statement announcing the program, is “to provide workers with information about their rights in the workplace and to educate them on how to seek the assista...(register to read more)