***MEDIA ADVISORY*** TOMORROW: Subcommittee to Evaluate Enforcement and Regulatory Actions Under FLSA
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 2, 2011
On Thursday, November 3 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), will hold a hearing entitled, “Examining Regulatory and Enforcement Actions Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) affects an estimated 135 million workers and seven million employment establishments nationwide. The Wage and Hour Division in the Department of Labor implements the law through regulations and enforces the law through inspections and investigations of employers’ businesses.
In recent years, the department has initiated a number of regulatory proposals that would make significant changes to existing policies. It has also adopted a more punitive enforcement agenda, in some cases targeting entire industries for investigation without basis. The department’s actions have exacerbated the concerns of employers and workers already frustrated with the outdated federal law.
Thursday’s hearing provides members an opportunity to examine the administration’s enforcement and regulatory activities under the FLSA and evaluate the effect on employers and their employees. For more information about this hearing, visit www.republicans-edlabor.house.gov/hearings.
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Nancy J. Leppink
The Honorable Tammy D. McCutchen