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Why They’re Investigating

September 14, 1998
Related Topics: Wages and Hours, Featured Article
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Have you ever wondered what the most common problems that turn up at the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour investigators are? Here they are:

  • Salaried employees, such as clerical workers and salespeople, who are not being paid overtime, but should be.
  • Teens who are doing jobs they shouldn’t be or working hours they shouldn’t be.
  • Failure to pay employees for time spent completing paperwork, cleaning up or other duties that fall outside regular hours.
  • Failure to maintain records for non-exempt, salaried employees.
  • Employers giving time off (comp time) instead of overtime.
  • Employers who consider certain employees to be on contract and thus they don’t treat them as covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Illegally making employees pay for uniforms, errors and other things that can reduce their pay below minimum wage or overtime rates.
  • Failure to pay minimum wage or overtime to part-timers.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C., August 1998.

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