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How to handle a DOL wage-and-hour probe

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Department of Labor logoYou’ve just received notice that the U.S. Department of Labor has launched an investigation into wage-and-hour issues at your company. The DOL’s William Richardson has two pieces of advice:

  • Get ready to act fast.
  • Never call a DOL investigator an auditor. According to Richardson, a Labor Department community outreach and planning specialist, “Audi­­tors look for nickels and dimes.” DOL investigators aim higher.

They’re looking for compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and they’re about to take a close look at your pay practices.

The goal: to make sure you are following the law—and to secure back pay for employees if they have been underpaid.

Why us?

You may be tempted to ponder what got you into this mess, but it isn’t productive. Richardson points out that investigations can arise for any of several reasons.

It may have been because a current or former employee complained about your pay practices. It may be...(register to read more)

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