Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
U.S. Department of Labor
US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division to participate in Labor Rights Week to be sponsored by Mexican Consulate in Atlanta Aug. 29-Sept. 2
Investigators available to take complaints, answer questions about federal labor laws
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta District Office of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will participate in the fourth annual Labor Rights Week, Aug. 29 to Sept 2, to be sponsored by the Mexican Consulate in Atlanta.
The Labor Department has participated in the program since its inception and is pleased to continue working with the Mexican Consulate to inform workers of their rights to receive the minimum wage, overtime pay for any hours over 40 in a regular workweek and compensation for all hours worked.
Throughout the week, individuals may visit the Mexican Consulate, located at 1700 Chantilly Drive NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30324, daily between 9 a.m. and noon EDT to ask Wage and Hour Division investigators questions about labor laws and submit complaints. Pamphlets and other materials will be distributed at no charge, and public service announcements will run on televisions set up in public areas.
The Wage and Hour Division enforces the federal minimum wage, overtime pay, record-keeping and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act, and a number of employment standards and worker protections as provided in several immigration-related statutes. Additionally, the division administers and enforces the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act, and other statutes applicable to federal contracts for construction and for the provision of goods and services.
Individuals who seek more information about laws enforced by the Wage and Hour Division but are unable to travel to the Mexican Consulate in Atlanta can call the division’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243) or visit http://www.dol.gov/whd.
To kick off Labor Rights Week nationwide, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis will welcome ambassadors from Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic to Washington, D.C., for a historical signing of joint declarations and letters of arrangement to support workers’ rights. That event will be broadcast live on the Internet at http://www.dol.gov/live on Monday, Aug. 29, at 1 p.m. EDT.
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