DOL Wage/Hour Enforcement Falls Again

In late February, the Department of Labor’s Wage/Hour Division published their FY 2014 enforcement statistics.  The following are notable changes:

  • Back Wages:  decline to $240,831,606 from $249,954,412
  • Employees Receiving Back Wages: increase to 270,570 from 269,250
  • Complaints Registered: decline to 22,557 from 25,628
  • Enforcement Hours: decline to 1,188,531 from 1,339,029
  • Average Days to Resolve Complaint: increase to 116 from 110
  • Concluded Cases: decline to 29,483 from 33,146
  • Minimum Wage Violation Cases: decline to 11,042 from 12,403
  • Minimum Wage Back Wages: decline to $36,732,407 from $38,470,100
  • Overtime Violation Cases: decline to 11,238 from 12,108
  • Overtime Back Wages: increase to $136,239,001 from $130,703,222
  • Back Wages for Workers in Low-Wage Industries, Total Cases: decline to 11,927 from 13,754
  • FMLA Complaint Cases: decline to 1,502 from 1,634
  • FMLA No Violation Cases: decline to 809 from 890

Despite hiring 150 additional investigators in 2009, Wage/Hour enforcement statistics have been on a steady decline since 2010 in many areas.  Low-wage industries (e.g., agriculture, day care, restaurants, etc.) have seen increases in enforcement.  Child labor enforcement statistics has seen a steady decline.

Published on Thursday, January 5, 2012 (updated 03/03/2015)

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