The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that it plans to add 100 investigators to its Wage and Hour Division in order to support its enforcement efforts, which include protecting workers’ wages, ensuring compliance, and combating worker misclassification. The Wage and Hour Division collected $230 million in wages owed to 190,000 workers in fiscal year 2021, and conducted 4,700 outreach events to educate employers and workers about their workplace rights and responsibilities.
Not only will the DOL be adding 100 investigators to their team, Acting Wage and Hour Administrator Jessica Looman said, “We anticipate significantly more hiring activity later in fiscal year 2022. While appropriations will determine our course of action, we are optimistic we will be able to bring new talented professionals onboard to expand our diverse team.”
If you’re an employer, be sure to familiarize yourself with the relevant labor laws and ensure that your workplace is in compliance.