Wage and Hour Investigations — Scary Stats for Employers.
In 2014, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (“WHD”) found over $240 million in back wages for more than 270,000 workers. That’s an average of more than $659,000 in back wages for workers every day.
From 2009 to 2014, there was a 23% increase in WHD investigations of employers. In fiscal year 2014, more than 43% of WHD investigations were agency-initiated, up from 35% just 5 years ago.
Think you don’t have a problem in your business? The WHD found wage violations in 78% of agency-initiated investigations in fiscal year 2014, up from 65% in fiscal year 2009.
It’s smart business to consult with one of the qualified employment law attorneys at WGSF and see if your wage payment practices comply with the law. We guarantee it’ll be less expensive than having the WHD provide that service for you!