Beginning next Monday, the Department of Labor (DOL) will be setting up a hot line so complaint filers whom the DOL is too busy to serve can call a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and seek legal redress over wage and FMLA issues.

The partnership between the DOL and the ABA springs from the Middle Class Task Force that President Obama set up, and it’s part of the administration’s Access to Justice Initiative.

Here’s how the department explained it in a press release:

“Beginning on December 13, 2010, complainants whose cases cannot be resolved by DOL because of limited capacity will be given a toll-free number to a newly created system where they are connected to an ABA-approved attorney referral provider if there are participating attorneys in their area.

“In addition, if DOL has conducted an investigation, the complainant will be given information about the findings to provide to an attorney who may take the case, including the violations at issue and any back wages owed.

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