On March 4, 2014, the United States Department of Labor announced certain funding priorities in the President’s budget proposal including an increase of $41 million to fund enforcement of wage and hour laws and FMLA compliance. Additional Department of Labor budget priorities are:
•Nearly $14 million to fund the misclassification of workers as independent contractors initiative.
•$565 million for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to seek employer compliance with safety and health regulations and inspect hazardous workplaces, and strengthen protection of whistleblowers.
•The budget also includes $377 million for the Mine Safety and Health Administration and $107 million for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which enforces equal employment opportunity at federal contractors.
Keith Overholt is a Member of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon’s, Corporate Securities and Finance and Labor and Employment departments.