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Check your FLSA compliance; Fed penalties reach 11-year high

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in FMLA Guidelines,Human Resources

The Labor Department's beefed-up compliance audits and prosecutions of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) complaints packed a wallop last year. Total back wages collected for workers in fiscal 2003 jumped by 21 percent over the previous year, representing an 11-year high. The number of workers receiving back wages based on Labor audits and investigations jumped to 342,358, a nearly 30 percent rise in just one year.

FMLA penalties decline. In contrast, the Labor Department found Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations in 1,654 cases in fiscal 2003, a nearly 5 percent drop from the previous year. The number of FMLA complaints filed by individuals rose only slightly (1.8 percent) to a total of 3,565 complaints.

The biggest reason for FMLA complaints: allegations that employees were fired because of their use or request of FMLA leave.

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