DOL’s Wage and Hour Collects Record $322 Million in Back Pay

Posted by TimeClock Plus on Nov 4, 2019, 7:45:59 AM

Labor Report

The Department of Labor collected $322 million in back wages for workers in fiscal year 2019, eclipsing its record for the second straight year, according to figures the agency announced Oct. 28.

The majority of the DOL Wage and Hour Division’s collection came from cases in which employers were found to have failed to pay time-and-a-half overtime for hours beyond 40 in a week—$186 million in recovered wages—or at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, or $40 million. The numbers, which the agency posted online, come from fiscal year 2019 ending Sept. 30.

“Through rigorous enforcement and robust compliance assistance, the U.S. Department of Labor is committed to ensuring that workers receive the wages they have earned,” Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia said in a statement. “These record-breaking numbers top the Department’s totals from last year, which also set records, and confirm our ongoing commitment to strong enforcement and to providing employers with the tools they need to comply with the law.”

The new figures come one year after the department announced it had recovered $304 million in fiscal year 2018.

The latest data was released as new Administrator Cheryl Stanton is issuing a series of organizational and policy changes at the division. Many of those revisions could alter the manner in which her staff conducts investigations. In August, she issued a wide-ranging bureaucratic reorganization that gives political appointees more control of operations.

Shortly after she was sworn in April 29, Stanton emailed staff to revoke their previously delegated enforcement power until she had personally approved each action. She has since been gradually restoring certain authorities to her subordinates, including the ability to subpoena companies for evidence in wage-hour investigations, while issuing a policy to step away from other Obama-era enforcement tools.

“We are delivering more back wages for workers than ever before, and we are steadfastly eliminating any unfair economic advantage employers may try to gain by skirting the rules,” Stanton said in the DOL statement. “We are protecting those who do the right thing, pay their employees what they have legally earned, and operate in compliance.”

Despite the record-setting year, the agency’s wage enforcement priorities are currently the subject of a Government Accountability Office probe.

The Labor Department is finalizing a new rule that would make some 1.3 million workers newly eligible for overtime pay.

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San Angelo, TX & Providence, RI – September 4, 2019 – TimeClock Plus (the “Company”), an industry-leading workforce management software provider, announced today a majority investment from funds advised by Providence Equity Partners (“Providence”), a premier private equity firm that specializes in the media, communications, education and information industries. TimeClock Plus Founder Jorge Ellis will remain a significant shareholder alongside Providence and will continue to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors. TimeClock Plus will maintain its corporate office in San Angelo, Texas upon closing of the transaction. Financial terms were not disclosed.
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Posted by TimeClock Plus on Aug 15, 2019, 10:13:57 AM

The final ruling on the salary threshold for the white-collar exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was submitted by the Department of Labor (DoL) on August 12, 2019. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is required to review all drafts, final standards, as well as regulatory actions before the implementation of the ruling. This review will be the last step before the overtime ruling is release to the public. While OIRA has 90 days to conduct their review, they could come to a conclusion as quickly as 30 to 60 days. If this timeline plays out, it is likely that the public will hear of the final rule in the month of October or November.

While the ruling is up for review, the public is not allowed any specific information on any changes made to the proposed rule. However, interested stakeholders are allowed to file comments or request meetings with the administrator while the ruling is in review with the OIRA. For meeting requests, please use this link

As the ruling is undergoing review, we will continue to keep you updated on any further developments.

With any DoL rulings, TimeClock Plus is here to provide you with the tools and technology needed to pay your people accurately while maintaining FLSA compliance. Our flexible licensing model allows you to react and adjust to any changing legislation quickly. For more than 30 years, we have served one purpose - to protect our customers, our team, and all of those impacted by our business. If you believe the 2019 DoL proposal may impact your organization, contact one of our Solutions Consultants and see how we can help you.

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