U.S. Department of Labor and New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Partner to Protect the State’s Workforce and Enforce Wage Laws
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The U.S. Department of Labor and the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to expand and improve the protection of New Mexico's workforce, strengthen enforcement of wage laws and level the playing field for responsible employers.
The MOU will allow both organizations to work together to protect employee rights, defend law-abiding employers against unfair competition and maximize taxpayer resources.
"This agreement will help us better protect New Mexico's workers and help the state's employers understand wage laws and avoid costly non-compliance," said Wage and Hour Division District Director Evelyn Sanchez in Albuquerque, New Mexico. "Working together, we can more effectively identify those employers that deliberately attempt to unfairly gain a competitive advantage over those that comply with the law."
The agreement will help both agencies communicate and cooperate more effectively and efficiently in areas of common interest, including cross training staff and providing employers and employees with information about the law. By doing so, the two organizations seek to protect the wages, safety and health of America's workforce.
For more information about the FLSA, and other laws enforced by WHD, contact the Division's toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information is also available at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd.
The mission of WHD is to promote and achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of the nation's workforce. WHD enforces federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. WHD also enforces 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, WHD 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.
The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.