Department of Labor Launches Wage Violation Self-Reporting Program

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the launching of a nationwide pilot program that encourages employers to audit their own pay practices and self-report any Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations they find.  The new program, the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program, is intended to facilitate resolutions of potential overtime and minimum wage violations. The DOL said that the program’s primary objectives are to resolve claims expeditiously and without litigation, to improve employers’ compliance with overtime and minimum wage obligations, and to ensure that more employees receive the back wages they are owed—faster.

WHD will implement this pilot program for approximately six months. At the end of the pilot period, WHD will evaluate the effectiveness of the program, as well as potential modifications to the program, to determine its next steps.

For details on how the program works, who can participate, and other pertinent information, visit the Wage and Hour Division’s (WHD) web site.