Trump Administration Announces (with a Straight Face) Program for Employers to Self-Report Wage/Hour Violations

By Sahid Fawaz

Employers are responsible for billions in wage theft each year. So this is the Trump Administration’s bizarre plan to address the problem.

The Hill reports:

“The Department of Labor (DOL) announced a new pilot program Tuesday that will allow business owners to report themselves for potentially violating overtime and minimum wage laws to avoid hefty fines.  

The Payroll Audit Independent Determination system is a self-auditing program that the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division said it will implement nationwide for six months.

The agency said the program aims to resolve claims expeditiously without litigation to improve employers’ compliance with overtime and minimum wage obligations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

‘Right now if a company is aware of a mistake there is no simple mechanism for them to come forward and say we made a mistake we want to voluntarily come forward and pay our back wages,’ Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta told lawmakers Tuesday at a House subcommittee hearing on the Labor Department budget. 

‘So the Wage and Hour Division through this program will assess the amount of wages due and supervise payments to employees. Employees will receive 100 percent of back wages owed without costs of fees, without attorneys fees,’ he said.”

For the rest of the article, visit The Hill website.

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