W2 Issues/Concerns


Blog

Check out our weekly blog posts and see the latest news and discussions happening in the HR world of business.

Department of Labor can Hinder Your Future Recruiting for Past Transgressions

We all know that a Department of Labor (DOL) investigation is no fun, particularly if it doesn’t go your way and you wind up paying a hefty sum as a result. However, as one recent case reveals, the effects of a DOL investigation can stretch beyond the financial implications, with some companies now required to tell all future hires of their brush with the law.

In the case in question, Tampico Restaurant – which has locations in both Ohio and West Virginia – was investigated by the DOL over a series of pay issues, including requiring workers to participate in illegal tip pools, paying kitchen staff subminimum wage and failing to keep accurate pay records. As expected, Tampico was ordered to pay $190,000 in back-pay to employees, as well as offer training to managers about the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

However, as part of the penalty, the restaurant was also ordered to provide a copy of the investigation decision, including all evidence against the company, to every new hire through February 2017. As HR Morning notes, the financial fine was certainly tough to swallow, but having to tell future hires about their past transgression could significantly impact the restaurants ability to attract key talent.

As HR Morning notes, the DOL is growing increasingly “creative with penalties,” with one FLSA violator last year ordered to hire independent consultants charged with keeping the DOL abreast of the company in question’s pay practices. To avoid any penalties – financial or otherwise – be sure to carefully track and document all employee records, with particular attention to employee paychecks. Should a mistake occur, take steps to rectify it and document any and all fixes as this will show the DOL that you acted in good faith.

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

HR Managers: Discover how to effectively tackle business challenges with a PEO
Small Business: Discover how Abel HR can help your business.

Featured BLOGS

  • Your Employees are the People in the Neighborhood

    Giving back to the community is an important aspect of being a business owner. In addition to encouraging your employees to support local causes, you can also give back in a significant way by supporting your employees who volunteer in the area, such as volunteer firefighters, first aid squad members and others. Did you know that having these employees as part of your business can actually boost your bottom line (and contribute to a more pleasant work environment)? Supporting employees who choose to volunteer can also make you a more attractive employer, opening your business up to a better caliber

  • How is the Cannabis Landscape Affecting HR?

    Thirty-three states and the District of Columbia have taken steps to decriminalize the use of marijuana. While 10 states—Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington—and our nation’s capital have adopted laws legalizing recreational cannabis use, the other states have only loosened the laws to allow for the use of medicinal marijuana (see where your state stands on this interactive map). It should be noted, however, that marijuana use—even for medical purposes—remains illegal at the federal level (and federal laws trump state laws…more on that in a minute). While the data is a bit murky in terms

Archives

FSA | Commuter New Employee Abel Portal Time Clock