National Roofing Legal Resource Center

The Department of Labor gets more aggressive about wage violations

The Department of Labor (DOL) is signing agreements with nine states and the Internal Revenue Service to share information in an effort to identify businesses that improperly label workers as independent contractors. Misclassifying workers allows businesses to avoid paying minimum wage, overtime pay, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance and federal taxes. The nine states working with DOL are Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Utah and Washington.

To learn more, NRLRC offers A Comprehensive Guide to Wage and Hour Regulations Affecting Roofing Contractors as a benefit of membership. This guide addresses regulations governing the minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, including a discussion about how to calculate the "regular rate" of pay. The guide also discusses Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations that set forth the rules for travel time pay, which often are misunderstood. In addition, the record-keeping requirements under the FLSA are covered.


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