DOL’s 2010 Budget Steps Up Overtime Enforcement

The Department of Labor has proposed a 10% increase in its “Worker Protection” budget for FY2010—the highest it’s been since 2001, HRMorning reports. In addition to extra money for unemployment benefits and workers comp, the agency will spend $228 million (a $35 million increase from FY2009) for the Wage And Hour Division to hire more investigators. These investigators will be looking into compliance with minimum wage laws and ensuring employees are properly classified for overtime purposes.

The agency’s also spending $564 million on OSHA, a $51 million increase over FY2009, to hire new, bilingual enforcement staff.