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Employers Face Increased Federal Enforcement Efforts

Published by on September 9, 2009

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the hiring of 250 additional investigators to assist with wage and hour investigations.  A newly-released study suggests that the new DOL investigators will be busy.  Law.com reports here that wage and hour violations are “running rampant” in the workplace.  More after the break. The New York Times also reports […]

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the hiring of 250 additional investigators to assist with wage and hour investigations.  A newly-released study suggests that the new DOL investigators will be busy.  Law.com reports here that wage and hour violations are “running rampant” in the workplace.  More after the break.

The New York Times also reports that the Attorney General plans on increased civil rights enforcement in the areas of  voting rights, housing, employment, bank lending practices and redistricting.  The plan includes the hiring of an addition 50 attorneys for the Civil Rights Division.  The Civil Rights Division has also increased the number of court briefs it files in private discrimination cases.

Employers must be proactive in labor and employment law compliance in order to avoid any one of the many potential quagmires in this area.  As we have mentioned before, now is not the time to cut costs in human resources or legal spending for employment law! 

(On a related note, assigning employment law work to a small or medium sized firm is one way to help control these costs without sacrificing quality.  Law.com has a recent article on a group of big firm lawyers that left and started their own practice in California to address client concerns about high hourly rates.  Frequent readers of this blog know that law firm economics is a topic we try to educate readers on because in the employment law area, bigger is not always better.)

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