4 Questions About DOL's Self-Audit Plan For Wage Violations

By Vin Gurrieri (March 7, 2018, 10:38 PM EST) -- Although a newly announced U.S. Department of Labor self-audit program is winning plaudits from employers for giving companies a path to stave off litigation by voluntarily reporting Fair Labor Standards Act violations, experts say that numerous questions, like whether employees' participation would abrogate potential state law claims, remain unanswered.

Announced Tuesday, the DOL Wage and Hour Division's Payroll Audit Independent Determination, or PAID, program, will allow employers to quickly pay back wages to workers in full for accidental overtime and minimum wage violations under the FLSA, thereby avoiding fines and litigation expenses.

Other aspects of the pilot program, which will be...

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