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DOL to ‘refocus’ on enforcement; add 33% more investigators

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Employers, beware: U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Hilda Solis is promising to “refocus the agency on its enforcement responsibilities” in the coming months. The proof: DOL is adding 250 new field investigators—a staff increase of more than a third—to look into noncompliance on wage-and-hour labor issues.

This comes on the heels of a negative Government Accountability Office report that cited DOL for a poor complaint intake process and weak response times to employee complaints.

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Once you’ve been notified that a DOL auditor is coming to inquire about possible wage violations, get prepared by conducting your own audit. To read an eight-step plan for preparing for the audit, go to

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