The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is seeking $12.1 billion in funding in 2014—about the same as this year—according to federal budget documents released April 10.
But a peek under the proposed budget’s top line reveals plans to greatly step up enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act (), the and laws—and a looming crackdown on independent contractor misclassification.
The Obama administration’s DOL FY2014 budget request includes:
- A nearly $14 million increase in funding to combat independent contractor misclassification, which the administration says “puts law-abiding businesses at a disadvantage against employers who violate the law”
- $3.4 million more for the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division to enforce the FLSA and FMLA
- An additional $5.9 million to support OSHA enforcement of laws that promote workplace safety.