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DOL wage and hours receives failing grade.

Post  JoeC (McGruff) on Wed May 20, 2009 5:34 am

Check out this PDF from the GAO itís an eye opener the GAO found that the agency, the Labor Departmentís Wage and Hour Division, had mishandled 9 of the 10 cases brought by a team of undercover agents posing as aggrieved workers.
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/national/20090325_GAOTestimony.pdf

The report further states that the Wage and Hour Division had mishandled more serious cases 19 percent of the time. In such cases, the accountability office said, the division did not begin an investigation for six months, did not complete an investigation for a year, did not assess back wages when violations were clearly identified and did not refer cases to litigation when warranted.

In one, the division waited 22 months to investigate a complaint from a group of restaurant workers. Ultimately, investigators found that the workers were owed $230,000 because managers had made them work off the clock and had misappropriated tips. When the restaurant agreed to pay back wages but not the tips, investigators simply closed the case.
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Post  Guest on Wed May 20, 2009 4:00 pm

Unfortunately these findings don't suprise me at all.

At least someone is trying to shed some light on this , interested to see what, if anything, comes from this but seeing as how it's the Fed. Gov't. I'm not holding my breath.

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Post  JoeC (McGruff) on Wed May 20, 2009 10:42 pm

We are getting a new secretary so things will improve the dept has the power to level punitive damages for certain industry's after the 911 commission findings and they are beginning to bear some fruit. The last secretary was more interested in pushing around union instead of going after shady employers.
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