US DOL ANNOUNCES PLANS TO HIRE 100 INVESTIGATORS TO SUPPORT WAGE AND HOUR INVESTIGATIONS

Joe
March 1, 2022
3 min read

The U.S. Department of Labor announced plans to add 100 investigators to its Wage and Hour (W&H) Division team to support its enforcement efforts to protect workers on federal contracts. 

The W&H Division is responsible for enforcing some of the most comprehensive labor laws affecting more than 148 million workers. Investigator responsibilities include the following:

  • Conducting investigations to determine if employers are paying workers and affording them their rights as the law requires.
  • Promoting compliance through outreach and public education initiatives.
  • Supporting efforts to combat worker retaliation and worker misclassification as independent contractors. 

“Adding 100 investigators to our team is an important step in the right direction,” said Acting Wage and Hour Administrator Jessica Looman. “We anticipate significantly more hiring activity later in fiscal year 2022. While appropriations will determine our course of action, we are optimistic we will be able to bring new talented professionals onboard to expand our diverse team.” 

In fiscal year 2021, the Wage and Hour Division collected $230 million in wages owed to 190,000 workers.

GSA National’s Government Contract experts are here to answer any questions you may have regarding H&W investigations, or compliance challenges your organization may be up against. Please contact our team of government contract subject matter specialists with any questions.

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