Employers Pass On DOL's Self-Reporting Wage Theft Program

Law360 (July 14, 2020, 10:33 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Labor reported on Tuesday that its voluntary compliance program allowing employers to self-report wage violations turned up just $7 million in back pay since its launch more than two years ago, indicating that businesses are largely skipping the initiative.

The controversial Payroll Audit Independent Determination, or PAID, program, shields businesses from litigation over accidental overtime and minimum wage violations if they come forward with the mistake and pay back their workers in full.

When the department rolled out the self-audit plan in April 2018, regulators touted it as a way to get employees their money faster by...

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