wage and hour enforcement

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A cable installation company recently entered into a consent judgment with the U.S. Department of Labor, agreeing to pay over $1 million in back wages and liquidated damages to nearly 200 workers. [here] The consent judgment also enjoins the company — and its former vice president — from future violations of the FLSA. 

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Independent Contractors.  Subcontractors.  Franchises.  Employment Agencies.  According to the Wage & Hour Division, use of these relationships is an action that requires special scrutiny.  When WHD states that it is targeting “fissured industries,” it means those industries in which it is more likely that workers are performing under one of these relationships — anything where there

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Yesterday, President Obama released the details of his FY2014 budget.  Although significant policy differences make it highly doubtful that this budget will become “the” budget, the President’s proposal provides some clear insight into the policy preferences of the Administration. 

Buried deep within the budget documents, beyond the questions of “stimulus funds” and “entitlement reforms,” lies

Continue Reading No Surprises Here: Enforcement Remains Front & Center in Wage & Hour Division FY14 Budget Request

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Today, President Obama nominated Thomas E. Perez to serve as the Secretary of Labor. Mr. Perez currently serves as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the United States Department of Justice, a position he has held since October 8, 2009. 

Like many of President Obama’s other Labor nominees, Mr. Perez has spent

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