A Department of Labor ("DOL") investigation from the wage and hour division can be terrible and devastating to some businesses. Although DOL investigations can occur from random selection, they are more frequently a result of a current or past employee complaint. They are becoming even more common as a result of the strict compliance guidelines set forth by the wage and hour division. If the DOL investigation turns up problems in your personnel files, payroll methodology, or employee payments it can completely cripple or bankrupt a business. If the DOL investigator discovers problems, the business employer can be responsible for back wages going back two or three years, as well as liquidated damages for money owed, meaning double the amount actually owed. Our employment and labor attorneys work with clients before and after the DOL investigation begins. Before the DOL investigation we work with the business employer to prepare for and prevent liability exposure. In pursuit of this goal, we will arrange a bi-annual or annual employment audit of the business to be certain that it is remaining compliant with current DOL guidelines.
For a department of labor investigation consultation, contact the Virginia labor lawyers at McClanahan Powers by e-mail or phone at 703-520-1326. All calls and e-mails are returned within 24 business hours.
Mitigating Damage and Working with the Department of Labor (DOL)
After the DOL investigation has commenced we work with employers to dispute liability, mitigate damage, negotiate with the Department of Labor investigator, and assist in DOL compliance as necessary. These can be very expensive problems if not addressed properly and preparation and experience are tantamount to handling a DOL investigation. We strongly encourage businesses to involve an experienced employment or labor law attorney at an early stage in the investigation, as problems and issues that were not addressed early on can lead to significant future problems that the DOL investigator may uncover.
Free Labor and Employment Consultation
To arrange a free department of labor (DOL) consultation with a labor lawyer, please call the Northern Virginia employment lawyers of McClanahan Powers at 703-520-1326. Or, to send an e-mail, please complete and submit the online form on this website. Flexible appointment times and payment options are available.