It's business as usual on an otherwise mundane Tuesday afternoon
at your office, and you are reviewing your job production
schedules. Suddenly, your receptionist tells you a woman in the
lobby wants to see you. You greet your visitor, and after a simple
"hello," you are presented with a badge from the U.S. Department of
Labor (DOL). You just have been introduced to a U.S. wage and hour
investigator. Do you know what to do?
Federal wage and hour laws are enforced by DOL's Wage and Hour
Division pursuant to the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA). With
regulations governing the payment of overtime wages, more companies
are finding themselves the subjects of wage and hour audits. The
construction industry has been a specific area of concern for the
Wage and Hour Division.
Your company may be the subject of a wage and hour audit because
of a complaint received by DOL from an employee, union or
competitor or you were chosen randomly for a routine audit in a
particular area. But the law protects the Wage and Hour Division
from having to disclose why you are being audited, and you may not
receive any warning that you are the subject of a wage and hour
audit before the...
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