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  1. Wage and Hour Division Compliance Assistance Programs Office of External Affairs Wage and Hour Division U.S. Department of Labor August 2005

  2. Wage and Hour Division – Our Mission Promote and achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of the Nation's workforce • Laws administered by WHD cover 7 million businesses and 130 million workers • Employees are entitled to the protections of laws enforced by WHD even if they are here in the U.S. without proper documentation

  3. Approaches for Improving Compliance Public Awareness Compliance Assistance WHD Mission “Promote and achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of the Nation’s workforce” Collaboration & Compliance Partnerships Enforcement

  4. Compliance Assistance – A WHD Priority • Secretary of Labor priority • One of WHD’s strategic priorities • Promotes voluntary compliance

  5. Increased Awareness Many violations occur due to lack of knowledge • FY 2005 Goal: Improve public awareness of WHD laws and processes by: • Increasing availability of information • Increasing effectiveness of compliance assistance activities

  6. Availability of Information • Educational Materials • Publications • Translated Materials • Technology

  7. Technology • Internet • www.wagehour.dol.gov • FOH • Opinion Letters • www.dol.gov • www.youthrules.dol.gov • FairPay at www.dol.gov/fairpay • e-laws

  8. Technology (Continued) • Toll-free call centers • 1-866-4US-WAGE • E-mail

  9. Effectiveness of Compliance Assistance • Speeches, Seminars and Training • Compliance Programs • Collaborations and Consultations • Non-Traditional Partnerships

  10. Speeches, Seminars & Training • Overtime Security Seminars • Employer Forums • Mexican Consulate Training • Ohio State University

  11. Collaborations and Consultations • REACH (Rapid Employee Assistance in Chinese Hotline) • COACH (Compliance Outreach to the Asian Community and Hispanics) • Alza Tu Voz • H.E.L.P. (Hispanic Employment Low-Wage Program) • PIECE (Protecting Immigrant Employees with Compliance and Education) • CAWRI (Chicago Area Workers’ Rights Initiative)

  12. Non-Traditional Partnerships • JEWP (Justice and Equality in the Workplace) • JSEWP (Justice, Safety and Equality in the Workplace ) • EMPLEO (Employment Education Outreach) • TIGAAR (The Information Group for Asian American Rights)