USDOL's Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) pilot program is meant to provide employers with the framework to proactively resolve potential FLSA claims. Nonetheless, on the whole, it seems that the benefits and risks are not particularly distinguishable from an investigation.
Whether the FLSA effectively prohibits an employer from imposing certain costs (such as for purchasing a uniform) on an employee depends on a variety of factors, including whether it is cost-prohibitive in the particular circumstances.
Legislation pending in the House and the Senate would radically transform federal wage-hour requirements and enforcement.
The wise response to reports about the continued onslaught of wage-hour claims is to review your compliance status immediately.