WHD Opinion Letters Address FLSA and Other Issues

The  Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) announced today that it has issued three new opinion letters. “The Department of Labor has committed to protect employees, enforce the law, and ensure employers have the tools for compliance,” said Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “American job creators and employees deserve to […]

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PAID Wage Resolution Program Launches

With little fanfare (i.e., no announcement on its website), the Department of Labor (DOL) has launched its Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program, a voluntary initiative where companies can seek assistance in resolving wage-and-hour issues including back pay and overtime. Politico, the online magazine, claims a DOL spokesperson confirmed that PAID is launching today, April 3, […]

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DOL Launches Voluntary FLSA Violations Reconciliation System

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL)  has announced a new nationwide pilot program, the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program, which facilitates resolution of potential overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The program’s primary objectives are to resolve such claims expeditiously and without […]

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DOL Revives Practice of Issuing FLSA Opinion Letters

In early January, the Department of Labor (DOL) reissued 17 opinion letters that the Obama DOL had quashed in favor of issuing broadly applicable “Administrator’s Interpretations,” two of which have now been rescinded by the Trump DOL. The 17 opinion letters regarding wage and hour issues were promulgated in the late days of the Bush […]

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DOL Rewrites Another Obama-Era Rule, This One for Interns

During the Obama presidency, the Department of Labor (DOL) devised a six-part test to determine whether an intern is really just that or more like an employee-in-disguise working for free. Part of that test required that the employer receive “no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern,” a rule that several appellate courts found […]

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DOL Hopes Agreement with Sonic Becomes Fast Food Industry Standard

The  Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) and Sonic Industries Services Inc. – franchiser of the SONIC Drive-In restaurant chain – have signed a voluntary agreement to help SONIC’s independently owned and operated franchise locations comply with federal labor laws. As part of the agreement, the Oklahoma City-based franchiser will provide a […]

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Disney to Pay Costume Characters $3.8 Million in Back Wages

Walt Disney World in Florida has been hit with wage theft and other allegations and has agreed to pay $3.8 million in back wages to 16,339 of its costume characters, such as Mickey, Goofy and the like. This comes after the Department of Labor (DOL) found that Disney was deducting the cost of the costumes […]

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Oklahoma Becomes 35th State to Join DOL in Fighting Misclassification

The Department of Labor (DOL), its Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission have signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) intended to protect employees’ rights and level the playing field for employers by preventing worker misclassification as independent contractors or other non-employee statuses. The agencies will jointly provide clear, accurate […]

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Subway Teams with WHD to Monitor Wage and Hour Issues

Subway, a DBA of Doctor’s Associates Inc., has reached an agreement dated Aug. 1 with the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) to “ensure a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work” at its U.S. franchises. The agreement notes that Subway has partnered with WHD since 2012 to educate […]

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Virginia Becomes 31st State to Join DOL in Combatting Misclassification

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Virginia Employment Commission have signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) intended to protect employees’ rights by preventing their misclassification as independent contractors or other non-employee statuses. The two agencies announced they will provide clear, accurate and easy-to-access outreach to employers, employees […]

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