DOL Seeks More Pay Transparency

Federal regulators are considering new rules to require employers to reveal how pay is calculated. The agency’s intention is to crack down on violations of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules, especially in the construction, healthcare and tourism industries, according to a report in Bloomberg. The new rules would require employers to provide a report on how pay and hours are set.

The Obama administration has increased compliance with FLSA rules. In 2010, employers paid $6.5 million in back wages related to FLSA settlements and penalties. In the previous year, they paid only $2.6 million. A 2009 study found that more than three-fourths of employees who worked overtime weren’t paid for it.