Benefits Insights, Spring 2018
The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has submitted its FY 2019 budget request of $230 million, which includes an increase of $4 million and the addition of 15 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees for compliance assistance and accompanying technology. The WHD is seeking to expand its impact on compliance assistance, evidence-based enforcement, and strategic use of web-based tools.
WHD plans to align the additional funds requested with its commitment to maximizing resources to achieve the most significant impact on compliance and deterrence. To achieve this, WHD plans to use data-driven decision-making to focus investigations on employers with the most severe violations, allowing the division to allocate a more significant share of resources to programs and enforcement backed by substantial evidence.
WHD also plans to concentrate on compliance assistance, especially at the local level, where the division has dedicated Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialists (CORPS), whose central role will be to engage with and educate the employer community. WHD will utilize the additional FTE and resources to hire CORPS in critical areas across the country and bring in new technology to modernize compliance assistance products.
In response to stakeholders’ requests, WHD plans to offer more web-based tools that provide content and data support intended to make compliance information more accessible to employers. Additionally, WHD wants to provide more off-the-shelf video modules created with employer input. Through CORPS and technology support, WHD looks to modernize the agency’s approach to delivering practical compliance tools that support the employer community.