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.
After more than a year, USDOL has finally disclosed at least some information concerning its "policy" of sometimes insisting that an employer pay liquidated damages as a condition of resolving alleged FLSA violations at the investigative stage.
The U.S. Department of Labor's internal "policy" regarding FLSA liquidated damages remains unclear and undisclosed.
The U.S. Labor Department's final "Guidance" concerning President Obama's July 2014 "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" Executive Order suggests that the agency might be applying an improper standard in determining what is a "willful" violation of the FLSA.
The wise response to reports about the continued onslaught of wage-hour claims is to review your compliance status immediately.