Government Compliance and Enforcement Actions

Over the past several years, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division has strengthened its enforcement capabilities, adding new investigators, deploying new enforcement strategies, and diversifying the range of penalties used in many investigations.

State wage and hour agencies have similarly fortified their enforcement programs.  The result has been a dramatic increase in wage and hour enforcement actions at both the federal and state levels.  Seven figure recoveries are not uncommon.  Many investigations have prompted repeat and company-wide investigations.

Our team, which includes a former Acting Administrator of the federal Wage and Hour Division and a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor, has extensive experience in representing employers before the federal and state wage and hour agencies and working with agency officials to resolve these matters.  We assist clients with understanding the investigative process and setting expectations at the commencement of an investigation.  And, we identify strategies that will help bring the matter to resolution.  From the initial notice to the final conference, our attorneys counsel clients on all phases of the investigative process. Our services also include advising clients in seeking and obtaining helpful Opinion Letters from the Wage & Hour Division, a practice that the Department has recently revitalized, on issues important to their businesses.