The Obama Administration's new Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis, screamed to Union workers "You can rest assured that there is a new sheriff in town." Solis proclaimed at a recent AFL-CIO conference that she is going to radically step-up enforcement of the anti-employer wage and hour laws. Even though the Bush Administration started a record number of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) claims over the past few years and jaw-dropping wage and hour settlements (the average hovering around $24M), Solis is set to hire 250 new wage and hour field investigators. Further, President Obama hopes to increase the Depart of Labor funding for 2010 by $600M. In short, the government is pushing for a major overhaul of wage and hour law enforcement to attack more small businesses.
The government declared more than 70% of employers are estimated to be routinely violating wage and hour laws. Businesses should call their lawyers now to make sure they are prepared for an audit.