The U.S. Labor Department has recently jacked up its penalties for violating minimum wage, overtime or child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The 10 percent increase in fines was due to a federal law that requires agencies to adjust penalties periodically to reflect inflation.
Companies charged with a willful or repeated violations of minimum wage orcould be slapped with a $1,100 fine per employee. The maximum fine for violating federal child is now $11,000 per employee. (66 Fed. Reg. 63501)
For advice on complying with federal wage law, visit www.dol.gov/dol/topic/wages. Also check with your state labor department.