Commentary & Opinion
By Jon Hyman
Feb. 8, 2021
As of last week, however, the PAID program is history, as the DOL announced its immediate end.
“Workers are entitled to every penny they have earned,” said Wage and Hour Division Principal Deputy Administrator Jessica Looman. “The Payroll Audit Independent Determination program deprived workers of their rights and put employers that play by the rules at a disadvantage. The U.S. Department of Labor will rigorously enforce the law, and we will use all the enforcement tools we have available.”
Pay close attention to that last sentence: “The U.S. Department of Labor will rigorously enforce the law, and we will use all the enforcement tools we have available.” The era of federal agencies playing nice with employers through education and outreach is over. At least for the next four years, businesses should expect agency priorities to be enforcement, not education.
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