Tag: Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Limo Drivers Taken for a Ride of Their Own

Filed in DOL, Wage Enforcement by on March 3, 2015 0 Comments
Limo Drivers Taken for a Ride of Their Own

Like neon lights, slot machines and high-stakes gamblers, chauffeured luxury transportation is a vital feature of the fabled Las Vegas experience. But for nearly 500 drivers of one Vegas limousine company, Executive Las Vegas, improper pay practices left them with earnings below the minimum wage. One of those drivers was Navy veteran Anita Marten, who […]

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Measuring Real Impacts for Workers

Measuring Real Impacts for Workers

We tend to measure progress with numbers. During fiscal year 2014, Wage and Hour Division investigations found more than $240 million owed to more than 270,000 workers whose employers violated the law and didn’t pay them the wages they had rightfully earned. Since fiscal year 2009, we’ve recovered more than $1.3 billion in back wages […]

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Protecting the Fruits of Labor

Protecting the Fruits of Labor

America’s workers have received a strong return on President Obama’s investments in the Department of Labor. The president’s fiscal year 2016 budget request released this week builds on that success by ensuring that hard work is rewarded and that wages and benefits, like retirement savings, are protected. It also makes available funds for paid leave […]

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Cracking Down on Pay Schemes that Cheat Workers out of Millions in Overtime Pay

Filed in Wage Enforcement by on January 14, 2015 1 Comment
Cracking Down on Pay Schemes that Cheat Workers out of Millions in Overtime Pay

As more and more companies begin outsourcing key business functions and enlisting the help of staffing agencies to provide workers, a fissure forms in the workplace, disrupting traditional employment relationships. Without a direct employee-employer relationship, these companies oftentimes mistakenly relinquish employer responsibilities which can have an adverse impact on workers who might experience a loss […]

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The Things that Matter in this Holiday Season

Filed in Wage Enforcement by on December 23, 2014 0 Comments
The Things that Matter in this Holiday Season

When the temperature drops, we start bundling up. While our extra layers keep us warm, those who labor to make them are often left out in the cold. Widespread labor violations by employers in the garment industry cost workers millions of dollars a year in unpaid wages. In our last fiscal year, the Wage and […]

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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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Black Friday Might Not Mean A Good Deal for Workers

Filed in DOL by on November 25, 2014 1 Comment
Black Friday Might Not Mean A Good Deal for Workers

Black Friday traditionally kicks off the holiday shopping season. It’s a day known for when retailers offer customers steep discounts in an effort to lure them through the doors.  But the intense pressure for retailers to compete for consumers often leads to far less attractive deals for employees. Labor law violations are prevalent in the […]

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Employers Must Know the Rules

Filed in Workplace Rights by on November 17, 2014 0 Comments
Employers Must Know the Rules

Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of several blog posts about a Wage and Hour Division for the 21st Century Workplace. For more than 76 years the Wage and Hour Division has been working to ensure compliance with federal labor laws, always striving to ensure a fair day’s pay for a fair […]

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Strategic Enforcement to Maximize Impact

Strategic Enforcement to Maximize Impact

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of several blog posts about a Wage and Hour Division for the 21stCentury Workplace. The goal of the Wage and Hour Division is to protect the earnings and welfare of workers, and ensure a fair and level playing field for employers. We have a lot of […]

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Protecting the Workers Who Make the Fall Harvest Possible

Filed in Safety, Workplace Rights by on October 30, 2014 0 Comments
Protecting the Workers Who Make the Fall Harvest Possible

The fall harvest season has always been a time for celebration when communities across the country honor the fruits of farm labor. While we enjoy things like fresh cider and pumpkin pie, it’s important to remember that all of that is made possible thanks to agricultural workers who labor through long and often hot days […]

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