by Dean A. 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 this spring 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).
More education, more claims
The stated mission of the “We Can Help” campaign, according to a DOL statement announcing the program, is “to provide workers with information about their rights in the workplace and to educate the...(register to read more)
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