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DOL’s 2014 budget request tips off coming enforcement blitz

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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 (FLSA), the FMLA and workplace safety 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.

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