Government Enforcement Trends Show that Workplace Compliance Is a Top Priority [Infographic]

Posted on 04-30-2014 by
Tags: Trending News & Topics , Wage & Hour , Employment Law

This infographic dramatically shows the disconcerting enforcement trends facing employers throughout the US. Over the last several years, US government agencies have significantly stepped up enforcement efforts against employers from all angles, costing employers millions. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been very candid about their promises to execute their enforcement strategies targeting noncompliant employers and they are making good on their promises.

In 2012, a whopping 99,412 charges were filed with the EEOC and more than $365 million was recovered against private employers. Furthermore, in 2011, the DOL increased its wage and hour investigators by 40% and collected $224 million in back wages. In the last five years, there has been an incredible 600% increase in Form I-9 audits by ICE. And last year, ICE sought $12.48 million in administrative fines for illegal employment practices. Further, ICE worksite investigations resulted in the arrests of 240 managers, supervisors and HR employees harboring or knowingly hiring illegal aliens.

Employers need to be especially proactive given this active enforcement environment, to ensure that their employment practices are not on the government's radar. No industry is immune from government enforcement activities. For instance:

  • In 2013, the world's largest Burger King franchisee agreed to pay $2.5 million to a class of 89 female employees to settle a lawsuit brought by the EEOC claiming the women were subjected to sexually harassment and retaliation when they worked at Burger King.
  • Rite Aid agreed to pay $20.9 million to settle a Fair Labor Standards Act class action lawsuit for failure to pay overtime.
  • Centerplate, Inc., one of the largest hospitality companies in the world, agreed to pay $250,000 in civil penalties to resolve claims that the company discriminated against non-US citizens during the employment eligibility verification process.

For more information about Wage & Hour regulations and compliance, and how to avoid the crush of class actions and investigations, register now for a complimentary webinar scheduled Wednesday, May 21, at 2 p.m. This webinar is sponsored by LexisNexis and is a CLE-accredited webinar, with 1.5 CLE credits are available.  

This infographic is courtesy of XpertHR. 

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