USDOL announced that, effective July 1, it will not seek liquidated damages in FLSA investigations as a matter of course.
It's tax time, and perhaps the only thing worse than completing your tax returns is finding out that you're being audited. But not all audits are bad. Under the FLSA, conducting an internal audit of your company's pay practices can actually even be beneficial to your business.
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.
A recent court decision underscores that employers should not take a "close enough is good enough" attitude where the timely payment of FLSA-required wages is concerned.