Avoid Wage and Hour Violations: Keeping the Department of Labor Off Your Doorstep

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Employers may face more scrutiny over pay practices in 2010, thanks to a new report claiming that wage-and-hour violations are running rampant in the workplace. Expressing concern, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has promised to step up enforcement and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced it would hire 250 additional investigators to snare violators.

The report surveyed more than 4,000 workers in three cities and concluded “employment and labor laws are regularly and systematically violated,” with 1.1 million workers having at least one pay-based violation per week. The study concluded that front-line workers lose more than $56.4 million per week in underpaid wages. Claiming violations in virtually every major urban industry, the report found.

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