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U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division Announces Job Openings

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that the department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is hiring 45 additional investigators to conduct investigations to determine employers’ compliance with applicable federal labor laws.

New recruits will join a busy and productive team, including 45 new investigators and 15 Wage and Hour Technicians the hired earlier this year.

“Now more than ever, the Wage and Hour Division is on the forefront of helping America’s workers and employers as we find our path forward in these uncertain times. In addition to enforcing long-standing wage and family leave laws, WHD now enforces the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave protections provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” said WHD Administrator Cheryl Stanton. “With more than 60 million workers eligible for relief, our team continues to deliver when the workforce needs us most. We anticipate adding even more staff throughout the year.”

In Fiscal Year 2019, WHD collected a record-setting $322 million in wages owed to workers. The division also conducted a record-setting 3,700 outreach events to educate employers and workers alike about their workplace rights and responsibilities.

The department encourages applicants to visit to review the job announcements and to apply.

WHD’s mission 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.

Wage and Hour Division
April 7, 2020
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Media Contact: Emily Weeks
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