Tag: Fair Labor Standards Act

Enforcement Matters: Wage Violations, Workers and the Economy

Enforcement Matters: Wage Violations, Workers and the Economy

If you work hard and play by the rules, then you should be able to earn enough to take care of yourself and your family – that’s a core American value. But for too many people, their hard work isn’t reflected in their paychecks. In many cases, workers aren’t being fully and properly paid for […]

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We All Have Workplace Rights

Filed in DOL, Workplace Rights by on August 25, 2014 0 Comments
We All Have Workplace Rights

“We all have workplace rights.” “Todos tenemos derechos en el trabajo.” That’s the theme of this year’s Labor Rights Week, Aug. 25-29. During this week, the department’s Wage and Hour Division − along with its Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Bureau of International Labor Affairs, other federal agencies and the consulates of several countries […]

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Protecting Workers & Preventing Unfair Competition

Filed in Child Labor, DOL, Safety, Workplace Rights by on July 30, 2014 1 Comment
Protecting Workers & Preventing Unfair Competition

There has been significant interest recently in Wage and Hour Division’s use of the “hot goods” provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act. While it is not a tool we use frequently, it is an important part of enforcement of our nation’s wage and hour laws. In passing the FLSA, Congress acknowledged the inherent competitive […]

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When Experience Pays: Paid vs. Unpaid Internships

Filed in DOL, Workplace Rights by on April 11, 2014 1 Comment
When Experience Pays: Paid vs. Unpaid Internships

Every spring, as college students nationwide prepare for finals and pull all-nighters to wrap up their spring semesters, many simultaneously ramp up their search for the perfect internship. The Wage and Hour Division understands that these “foot-in-the-door” opportunities can provide invaluable experience and have a great impact on future career paths. But when can internships […]

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When Protecting the Workforce, We Mean Business

Filed in DOL, Equal Pay, Workplace Rights by on April 3, 2014 0 Comments
When Protecting the Workforce, We Mean Business

They say two things in life are certain – death and taxes. As we grow ever closer to the tax filing deadline of April 15, you can count on a couple of other things as well: tax preparers will be working overtime, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will continue to […]

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Making Sure Hard Work Pays

Filed in DOL, Minimum Wage, Workplace Rights by on March 28, 2014 0 Comments
Making Sure Hard Work Pays

As President Obama calls on all of us to do more to restore opportunity and to ensure that work pays, the Labor Department is undertaking a strategic investment in our budget request for fiscal year 2015 that will enable us to do even more of what we know is already working for Americans: ensuring workers […]

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DOL A-to-Z: D, E and F

Filed in DOL, Minimum Wage, Retirement by on February 24, 2014 0 Comments
DOL A-to-Z: D, E and F

As part of our ongoing effort to educate the public about what we do at the Labor Department and to help demystify some of our commonly used jargon, we’re rolling out the next set of words for our DOL A-to-Z project. This week’s letters are D, E and F – and they stand for the […]

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Repealing ‘Pete’s Tax': A Fair Wage for Tipped Workers

Repealing ‘Pete’s Tax': A Fair Wage for Tipped Workers

This week, the Department of Labor announced that Philadelphia sports bar chain Chickie’s & Pete’s will pay more than $6.8 million in back wages and damages to current and former employees for improperly taking tips from servers and violating federal minimum wage, overtime and record keeping requirements. The agreement resulted from one of the department’s […]

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On the Right Side of the Law

Filed in DOL, Workplace Rights by on December 19, 2013 2 Comments
On the Right Side of the Law

Imagine if your employer threatened to “make [an employee’s] life bad” or “break [an employee’s] teeth” if he found out which of his employees was cooperating with a government investigator. Unfortunately, this scenario really happened. This week, a judge issued a temporary restraining order requiring an employer who owns six recycling facilities in the San […]

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Working During the Holidays? Know Your Rights

Filed in DOL, Jobs, Minimum Wage by on December 11, 2013 3 Comments
Working During the Holidays? Know Your Rights

This time of year, many people hold temporary or part-time jobs helping retailers and other businesses with the heavy demands of the busy holiday shopping season. It’s a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience, get a foot in the door for long-term employment or just earn extra cash. Workers not familiar with this type […]

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