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Prepare for the crackdown: DOL focuses on wage underpayment

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in Compensation and Benefits,Employment Law,Human Resources

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:

  1. Failure to pay employees the federally mandated minimum wage rate (currently $7.25 per hour)
  2. Failure to pay federally mandated overtime wages (for applicable employees working more than 40 hours per week).

Increased outreach

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)

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