Labor Department Confronts ‘Epidemic’ of Wage-and-Hour Violations

June 10th, 2013

Thomson Reuters News & Insight (06/07/2013) Carlyn Kolker

At a recent conference at New York University Law School, Patricia Smith, the U.S. Department of Labor’s solicitor, said the agency faces an “epidemic” of wage-and-hour law violations, with workers across the nation being denied minimum wage and overtime. Smith said the department has shifted from complaint-based investigations to directed investigations, in which the department reviews entire industries or geographical areas. Violations were found 79% of the time in complaint-based investigations and 71% of the time in directed investigations, which Smith said “really shows there are serious problems out there.” She added that the department is increasing its enterprise-wide enforcement efforts, which involve investigating systemic violations at multiple facilities, and is working with individual states on worker misclassification and other issues.

Job Openings and Labor Turnover Changed Little in October U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (12/11/12)

December 12th, 2012

There were 3.7 million job openings on the last business day of October, little changed from September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Dec. 11. The hires rate (3.2%) and separations rate (3.1%) were also little changed in October.
The number of openings was little changed in all industries except construction, manufacturing, and accommodation and food services, which increased. The number of openings was also little changed in all four regions in October. The hires rate was also little changed in all industries and regions over the month. The total separations rate was little changed for total nonfarm, unchanged for total private, and rose for government. Over the 12 months ending in October, hires totaled 51.7 million and separations totaled 49.8 million, yielding a net employment gain of 1.9 million.