April 12, 2019
A House Department of Labor Appropriations subcommittee held a hearing on “wage theft,” focusing on the need to increase funding for “strategic” wage and hour enforcement and for Congress to pass the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act (H.R. 3467 in the previous Congress), which would substantially increase compliance burdens under the Fair Labor Standards Act and significantly expand potential liabilities.
Subcommittee Chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-RI) called for the DOL Wage and Hour Division to use "data to identify those industries and employers most likely to be violating wage and hour laws” and then prioritize investigations there with a strategic enforcement approach to protect workers.
Witnesses called for Congress to pass the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act, which would:
Takeaway: The “wage theft” issue is unlikely to go away, with a much greater chance of legislation being enacted at the state and local level.