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DOL audits: What to expect when you’re expecting one

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Wage-and-hour investigations have become more complex, according to Corey Walton, a community outreach and resource planning specialist with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division. His best advice: Stay in touch with your investigator.

Walton, who conducted a workshop on Department of Labor (DOL) investigations at the American Payroll Association’s Annual Congress, gave attendees the inside scoop on how to handle these investigations.

Walton split DOL wage-and-hour investigations into four phases:

Phase 1. This is the initial conference. At this point, it doesn’t pay to ponder why a DOL investigator has knocked on your door, Walton stressed. And, he added, investigators won’t tell you, either.

An employee could have come into a DOL office and complained. The investigation could be “directed,” which means that the agency is focusing on a certain industry. Or it could be completely random. At this phase, the inves...(register to read more)

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