Management's signing a U.S. Wage and Hour Division "Summary of Unpaid Wages" on-the-spot might complicate later challenges to the factual assumptions, reasoning, and/or legal conclusions underlying the back-wages assessed.
U.S. Wage and Hour Administrator David Weil has said that the Wage and Hour Division will not resume the practice of issuing opinion letters in response to questions about FLSA compliance.
A couple of remarks made by Solicitor of Labor M. Patricia Smith at a December continuing-legal-education conference were especially interesting.
Recent developments underscore that the U.S. Labor Department is on the lookout for opportunities to tie together all participants in collaborative business arrangements.
The U.S. Wage and Hour Division plans to launch a Hospitality industry investigative program called the "Hotel and Motel Resort Pilot Initiative."
Industry- and sector-wide FLSA compliance initiatives were a recurring theme during a recent Washington, D.C. "Stakeholder Forum" conducted by the U.S. Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division.
Lurking in Senate and House "misclassification" bills are expansive changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act's civil money penalties.
Tough talk and other recent developments could reveal an increasingly adversarial, "gotcha" approach to FLSA enforcement by the U.S. Wage and Hour Division.
U.S. Labor Secretary Solis has announced the We Can Help program, which is designed in part to encourage reports of alleged Fair Labor Standards Act non-compliance.