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US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO HOST ONLINE FORUM FOR EMPLOYERS, CONTRACTORS, WORKERS, OTHER STAKEHOLDERS ON WORKPLACE COMPLIANCE, OTHER ISSUES

WHO:           U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division

WHAT:          2023 Department of Labor Forum–Partnering to Build Sustainable Compliance

WHEN:          May 2 and 3, 2023

                     9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT

WHERE:       Online event

Attendance is free, but registration is required. An event link will be provided after registration.

 

Background: Organized by the Wage and Hour Division in Dallas, Texas, the forum will include panel discussions on compliance with federal laws governing wages and other workplace issues. The forum will include representatives of the department’s Bureau of Labor StatisticsEmployment Benefits Security AdministrationEmployment and Training AdministrationOffice of Federal Contract Compliance ProgramsOffice of Labor-Management StandardsOccupational Safety Health AdministrationVeterans' Employment Training ServiceWage and Hour Division and the Women’s Bureau.

Also attending will be representatives of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, IRS, National Labor Relations Board and the Small Business Administration.

 

During the forum, agency representatives will make presentations, ranging from 30 to 90 minutes.

 

“The U.S. Department of Labor is determined to offer tools and training to employers, federal contractors, and their employees to help them understand regulations governing their workplaces,” said Wage and Hour Division Regional Administrator Betty Campbell in Dallas. “Online events like this one are designed to help employers improve compliance and inform workers about their rights under federal law.”

 

“We encourage all employers and employees to use the tools the department offers and contact us for more information,” Campbell added.

US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR INVESTIGATION RECOVERS MORE THAN $158K IN BACK PAY, DAMAGES FOR 78 LOUISIANA HOME HEALTHCARE WORKERS DENIED OVERTIME

Amazing Grace PCA LLC misclassified employees as independent contractors

Employer name: Amazing Grace PCA LLC

Investigation site:7321 Bullard Ave. New Orleans, LA 70128

Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found Amazing Grace PCA, a home health care provider, misclassified 77 workers as independent contractors which denied them of overtime wages for hours over 40 in a workweek. The employer also failed to pay one worker for all hours worked that led to violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage provisions.

 

Back wages recovered: $79,362 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages.

 

Quote: “Misclassification of employees as independent contractors is a serious issue that denies many workers of their full and rightfully earned wages. Healthcare workers are among our nation’s most essential workers and their employers cannot shortchange them for their hard work,” said Wage and Hour District Director Troy Mouton in New Orleans. “The Wage and Hour Division remains committed to battling misclassification and will hold employers who misclassify their workers accountable for back wages and liquidated damages.”

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