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Behind-the-scenes: DOL investigator pulls back curtain

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Whatever you do, don’t call a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) investigator an auditor. Auditors look for nickels and dimes. DOL investigators look for compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

So said the DOL’s William Richardson to attendees at the American Payroll Association’s Annual Congress this spring.

Richardson, a DOL community outreach and planning specialist, offered crucial advice for handling a DOL investigation.

Barbara Youngman, manager of finance-payroll for Southwest Airlines, gave attendees some best practices to follow to ease investigation anxiety.

Three days to worry

Employers get 72 hours’ notice of an FLSA investigation. Richardson advised doing two things right away:

  1. Make sure that the owner, company president or other person in charge is available to talk with the investigators on that first day.
  2. Get your documents in order.

Richardson noted that investigators will ask to see your origina...(register to read more)

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