WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has reached a record $304 million in recovered wages for fiscal year 2018 and has set a record for it educational outreach events relating to compliance assistance.
“Through vigorous enforcement and compliance assistance, the Department of Labor is committed to ensuring that workers receive the wages they have earned,” Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said in a statement. “These record-breaking numbers confirm the department’s strong commitment to enforcing the law and providing employers with the tools they need to comply with the law.”
In addition to its records in outreach events and recovered wages for fiscal year 2018, the WHD also announced it will implement a six-month extension to its voluntary compliance program called Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID). PAID is designed to help workers to receive their earned back wages in an expedited manner without going through the process of lengthy investigations and litigation, the WHD said.