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How to Prepare for a DOL Investigation

The most common reason for a DOL investigation is an employee complaint. Or the employer could be operating in a targeted industry, such as manufacturing or the building services. Employees are most likely to complain when a job is redesignated by the employer from nonexempt status to exempt, when overtime pay is not approved, or when an employee is terminated.

Auditors have wide latitude to inspect records and interview employees. Once an employer is notified that an audit is to be conducted, the employer should prepare for the investigation by conducting his or her own audit, immediately correcting compliance problems and preparing defense documentation.

Once an employer is notified that an audit is to be conducted, the employer should prepare for the investigation. Here are some tips for HR:



SOURCE: Mae Lon Ding is president of Personnel Systems Associates in Anaheim Hills, California.
Workforce, February 1999, Vol. 78, No. 2, p. 44.


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