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Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Fiscal Year Statistics for WHD

Welcome to the Wage and Hour Divisionís Statistics Page. As part of the Departmentís efforts to provide a more open government, WHD is providing the following aggregate enforcement data. These tables reflect both current and historical data to make the agency more transparent, accountable, and responsive. For enforcement data on a case level basis, see the DOL Enforcement Database.

In 1999, WHD began a transition to a new data management information system. Because of this transition and differences in the information captured in the data systems, data for fiscal year 2001 and beyond are more closely comparable than data reported in prior years.


Back Wages for Workers in Low-Wage Industries


All Acts:

WHD Enforcement Statistics Ė All Acts FY 2013 FY 2012 FY 2011 FY 2010 FY 2009 FY 2008 FY 2007 FY 2006 FY 2005 FY 2004 FY 2003 FY 2002 FY 2001 FY 2000 FY 1999 FY 1998 FY 1997
Back Wages $249,954,412 $280,697,546 $224,844,870 $176,005,043 $172,615,125 $185,287,827 $220,613,703 $171,955,533 $166,005,014 $196,664,146 $212,537,554 $175,640,492 $131,954,657 $163,601,821 $131,735,341 $163,953,081 $96,719,108
Employees Receiving Back Wages 269,250 308,846 275,472 209,814 219,759 228,645 341,624 246,874 241,379 288,296 342,358 263,593 216,647 257,326 259,870 252,247 189,244
Complaints Registered 25,628 25,420 27,112 31,824 26,311 23,845 24,950 26,256 30,375 31,786 31,123 31,413 29,085 34,113 43,286 36,892 37,025
Enforcement Hours 1,339,029 1,377,441 1,213,182 1,066,188 879,626 882,419 899,406 951,971 969,776 1,000,739 1,032,879 1,070,600 998,937 968,350 982,332*** 909,616 740,643
Average Days to Resolve Complaint 110 145 177 142 101 97 97 93 85 92 108 129 139        
Concluded Cases 33,146 34,139 33,295 26,486 24,922 28,242 30,467 31,987 34,858 37,842 39,425 40,264 38,051 44,002 48,441 50,344 42,275

*** During conversion to new information system, 240,000+ hours could not be categorized.



Fair Labor Standards Act Back Wages:

FY 2013 Violation Cases Back Wages Percent of FLSA Back Wages Employees Receiving Back Wages(duplicated1 ) Percent of Employees Receiving FLSA Back Wages
Minimum Wage 12,403 $38,470,100 23% 103,671 46%
Overtime 12,108 $130,703,222 77% 174,197 77%
FY 2012 Violation Cases Back Wages Percent of FLSA Back Wages Employees Receiving Back Wages(duplicated1 ) Percent of Employees Receiving FLSA Back Wages
Minimum Wage 12,532 $35,270,524 19% 107,005 40%
Overtime 12,462 $148,560,700 81% 218,137 82%
FY 2011 Violation Cases Back Wages Percent of FLSA Back Wages Employees Receiving Back Wages(duplicated1 ) Percent of Employees Receiving FLSA Back Wages
Minimum Wage 12,450 $29,327,527 17% 89,305 37%
Overtime 11,990 $140,328,012 83% 204,243 86%
FY 2010 Violation Cases Back Wages Percent of FLSA Back Wages Employees Receiving Back Wages(duplicated1 ) Percent of Employees Receiving FLSA Back Wages
Minimum Wage 10,529 $21,043,700 16% 52,530 28%
Overtime 8,788 $107,545,263 84% 166,295 90%
FY 2009 Violation Cases Back Wages Percent of FLSA Back Wages Employees Receiving Back Wages(duplicated1 ) Percent of Employees Receiving FLSA Back Wages
Minimum Wage 9,176 $13,918,600 10% 40,235 21%
Overtime 8,792 $119,215,069 90% 175,496 92%

1 Duplicated employee count: One employee can have multiple violations



Back Wages For Workers In Low-Wage Industries:

Low-Wage Industries Statistics FY 2013 FY 2012 FY 2011 FY 2010 FY 2009
Cases Back Wages Employees Cases Back Wages Employees Cases Back Wages Employees Cases Back Wages Employees Cases Back Wages Employees
Agriculture 1,673 $7,642,501 11,799 1,660 $5,270,033 11,068 1,527 $2,862,595 6,547 1,259 $3,153,957 5,744 1,379 $1,404,125 5,523
Day Care 1,125 $2,183,958 5,640 1,200 $2,085,332 6,423 1,025 $2,235,672 5,837 694 $1,018,255 3,028 714 $1,074,842 3,310
Restaurants 6,053 $34,863,786 47,861 5,791 $34,795,147 56,159 5,161 $24,460,222 46,125 3,759 $16,415,519 23,042 3,818 $17,016,109 24,375
Garment Manufacturing 335 $3,597,940 2,539 324 $2,705,288 1,989 254 $2,425,974 2,256 374 $2,142,336 2,215 371 $2,413,839 2,734
Guard Services 643 $12,923,237 8,736 597 $27,067,911 10,686 631 $6,979,518 9,587 565 $11,751,811 10,631 563 $7,623,120 10,093
Health Care 1,622 $10,076,350 11,582 1,463 $11,843,959 18,864 1,502 $11,911,409 21,455 1,194 $12,456,283 20,888 1,046 $12,616,148 18,266
Hotels and Motels 1,245 $4,524,391 8,115 1,393 $4,965,579 8,720 1,122 $3,467,691 6,361 724 $1,935,241 4,051 806 $1,762,195 4,256
Janitorial Services 8,720 $4,012,577 5,466 648 $6,476,091 6,233 748 $3,600,309 4,781 507 $2,774,972 2,543 447 $2,170,279 3,261
Temporary Help 360 $3,226,420 6,312 355 $2,703,614 4,626 255 $1,189,104 5,115 237 $1,676,467 2,524 216 $5,982,453 8,937
Total Low-Wage Industries 13,754 $83,051,160 108,050 13,431 $97,912,954 124,768 12,225 $59,132,496 108,064 9,303 $53,324,841 74,666 9,360 $52,063,110 80,759

Low-Wage Industries Statistics FY 2013 FY 2012 FY 2011 FY 2010 FY 2009 FY 2008 FY 2007 FY 2006 FY 2005 FY 2004 FY 2003 FY 2002 FY 2001
Back Wages $83,051,160 $97,912,954 $59,132,496 $53,324,841 $52,063,110 $57,549,645 $52,722,681 $50,566,661 $45,783,743 $43,141,911 $39,595,382 $38,608,612 $32,470,183
Employees Receiving Back Wages 108,050 124,768 108,064 74,666 80,759 76,903 86,560 86,780 96,511 84,897 80,772 86,432 69,469
Cases In Low-Wage Industries 13,754 13,431 12,225 9,303 9,360 10,299 11,382 11,172 12,468 12,625 12,962 14,016 14,267


WHD Continues Strong Child Labor Enforcement:

Child Labor Enforcement Statistics FY 2013 FY 2012 FY 2011 FY 2010 FY 2009 FY 2008 FY 2007 FY 2006 FY 2005 FY 2004 FY 2003 FY 2002 FY 2001 FY 2000 FY 1999 FY 1998 FY 1997
Directed Child Labor Cases 233 317 464 591 1,063 1,269 1,285 952 1,406 2,155 2,031 2,105 2,021 2,582 2,367 1,882 1,945
Cases With Child Labor Violations 704 749 729 684 887 1,129 1,249 1,083 1,129 1,616 1,648 1,936 2,103 1,886 3,117 1,237 1,141
Minors Employed In Violation 1,393 1,614 1,873 3,333 3,448 4,734 4,672 3,723 3,703 5,840 7,228 9,690 9,918 7,874 6,786 5,588 5,270
Minors Per Case 2.0 2.2 2.6 4.9 3.9 4.2 3.7 3.4 3.3 3.6 4.4 5 4.7 4,2 2.2 4.5 4.6
Cases With HO Violations 276 334 366 308 394 466 410 361 396 459 654 747 876 663 N/A    
Minors Employed In Violation of HOs 520 682 949 863 1,183 1,617 1,000 994 1,091 1,087 1,449 1,710 2,060 1,328      


Family And Medical Leave Act Enforcement:

FMLA Enforcement Statistics FY 2013 FY 2012 FY 2011 FY 2010 FY 2009 FY 2008 FY 2007 FY 2006 FY 2005 FY 2004 FY 2003 FY 2002 FY 2001 FY 2000 FY 1999 FY 1998 FY 1997
Number of Complaint Cases 1,634 1,723 2,132 2,094 1,841 1,889 1,983 2,161 2,784 3,350 3,565 3,501 2,790 2,833 2,912 3,795 2,670
Percent of No-Violation Cases 54% 55% 58% 58% 49% 47% 45% 49% 51% 55% 54% 50% 48% 44% 39% 38% 44%

Nature of Complaint

FMLA Enforcement Statistics FY 2013 FY 2012 FY 2011 FY 2010 FY 2009 FY 2008 FY 2007 FY 2006 FY 2005 FY 2004 FY 2003 FY 2002 FY 2001 FY 2000 FY 1999 FY 1998 FY 1997
Refusal to Grant FMLA Leave 319 340 484 468 412 416 459 522 647 697 815 741 629 575 589 716 699
Refusal to Restore to Equivalent Position 212 212 233 230 239 220 242 261 328 369 370 400 360 402 1,505 1,841 1,276
Termination 673 749 890 913 763 757 764 870 1,132 1,473 1,567 1,503 1,123 1,159 n/a n/a n/a
Failure to Maintain Health Benefits 20 33 40 36 33 39 29 31 50 48 46 71 62 45 49 91 77
Discrimination 410 389 485 447 394 457 489 477 627 763 767 786 616 652 642 849 468

Status of Compliance Action

FMLA Enforcement Statistics FY 2013 FY 2012 FY 2011 FY 2010 FY 2009 FY 2008 FY 2007 FY 2006 FY 2005 FY 2004 FY 2003 FY 2002 FY 2001 FY 2000 FY 1999 FY 1998 FY 1997
No Violation Cases 890 949 1,241 1,207 911 894 896 1,069 1,429 1,848 1,911 1,766 1,343 1,235 1,131 1,424 1,187
Employer Not Covered 29 33 42 36 30 29 27 39 37 75 68 63 58 71 53 70 66
Employee Not Eligible 107 127 138 156 109 105 82 152 176 238 199 224 164 142 139 201 146
Complaint Not Valid 660 693 931 869 660 655 689 765 1,058 1,301 1,417 1,281 953 855 713 774 885
Other 94 96 130 146 112 105 98 113 158 234 227 198 168 167 226 379 90
Violation Cases 744 774 891 887 930 995 1,087 1,092 1,355 1,502 1,654 1,735 1,447 1,598 1,781 2,371 1,483
Number of Employees Affected 811 780 931 910 2,951 1,082 1,675 1,200 1,626 1,742 1,867 2,077 1,627 1,668 1,781 2,371 1,483
Amount of Back Wages $1,642,793 $2,014,564 $2,186,982 $1,630,817 $1,533,927 $1,532,505 $1,573,501 $1,772,342 $1,867,807 $2,311,781 $2,397,876 $3,731,929 $2,983,936 $2,953,462 $5,851,462 $4,520,649 $2,867,418


Archived Statistics from FY 2002 to 2008.

Links:

DOLís Enforcement Database (including statistics from WHD, EBSA, MSHA, OFCCP, and OSHA) - This site aims to make the enforcement data, collected by DOL agencies in the exercise of their mission, accessible and searchable, using common search criteria, by the public.

FedStats- The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies.

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