Andrea Kirshenbaum and Leanne Lane Coyle Examine the Impact of DOL's Increased Enforcement Staffing for The Legal Intelligencer
In the March 25, 2022 article, "US Department of Labor ‘Beefing Up’ Enforcement Efforts," for The Legal Intelligencer, Andrea M. Kirshenbaum and Leanne Lane Coyle examined the Consolidated Appropriations Act. Specifically, the authors examine the Act's increased allocation for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for "worker protection agencies" and the DOL's corresponding increase in enforcement efforts. This includes newly hired investigators for the DOL's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), strengthening inter-agency collaboration on enforcement, and a campaign to raise awareness of retaliation claims in the workplace, among other initiatives.
The authors note:
"With the DOL’s increased enforcement efforts, employers should evaluate their compliance programs and make necessary modifications, particularly with respect to the retaliation provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by revisiting policies and consistently enforcing them, educating and training managers and employees, investigating and remedying any violations, and auditing worker classification and overtime.