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US Department of Labor conducts outreach, enforcement to ensure wage and hour compliance as cleanup continues after December tornadoes in Kentucky

Who:               Wage and Hour Division

What:             Outreach assistance and enforcement action after December 2021 tornadoes

When:             Jan. 24-28, 2022

Where:           Mayfield, Kentucky

Background:  Members of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division response team are currently providing in-person assistance in the area where tornadoes in December 2021 caused widespread damage. Team members are reminding workers of their rights, and making sure employers understand their responsibilities when it comes to paying workers properly.

When emergencies and disasters strike, the Wage and Hour Division assists in recovery efforts in the communities affected by severe storms, floods and other disasters by ensuring employees conducting essential recovery work are paid as the law requires. The agency is committed to ensuring that workers in this country are paid properly and for all the hours they work, regardless of immigration status.

The agency also enforces contracts entered in with the federal government to include the Davis Bacon and Related Acts as well as The McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act.

Learn more about the Wage and Hour Division. If you feel that you have not been paid correctly or have questions/concerns, you can contact a representative from the agency at 1-866-487-9243 or find your nearest Wage and Hour Division office for assistance.

Wage and Hour Division
January 20, 2022
Release Number
Media Contact: Eric R. Lucero
Phone Number
Media Contact: Erika Ruthman
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