Sunday, September 11, 2011

Trouble Wage & Hour Statistics from the Dept. of Labor

The Department of Labor ("DOL") has been busy recently revamping its website and recently offered a phone application to help hourly employees keep track of their time in an effort to ensure employers are complying with wage & hour laws.  Now the DOL has released recent statistics of 68,644 enforcement actions that revealed violations in 50,364 cases, and no violation in just 18,280. In other words, the DOL found violations in roughly 73% of all of its compliance actions. These findings resulted in findings of back wages due totaling $681,151,513, or about $13,524.57 per case in which a violation was found.  This is pretty disturbing data but hopefully with proper education and enforcement the stats will look better next time around.

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