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

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) will hire 55 additional investigators and eight additional technicians to support its efforts to assist employers and ensure compliance with federal requirements.

Recruits will join 92 investigators recently hired or awaiting placement and 28 technicians that WHD hired earlier in 2020. Interested applicants are encouraged to review the division’s job postings and apply.

Investigators conduct investigations to determine employers’ compliance with applicable federal labor laws.

Technicians provide front-line support for these efforts, including receipt and evaluation of incoming complaints and providing compliance information for employers, employees and other stakeholders.

“Now more than ever, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is critical to helping America’s workers and employers. In addition to enforcing long-standing protections, WHD now enforces the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave protections in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” said Wage and Hour Division Administrator Cheryl Stanton. “With more than 60 million workers eligible for relief, our team continues to deliver when the workforce needs us most.”

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 public events to educate employers and workers alike about their workplace rights and responsibilities.

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 paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response 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, 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
June 26, 2020
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Media Contact: Grant Vaught
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