Employers will continue to see an increase in Department of Labor’s investigations in the workplace in 2016. The increased investigations are expected in at least these two areas:
Wage & Hour — especially as it relates to misclassification of non-exempt employees as exempt, or of employees as independent contractors.
Family & Medical Leave Act policies and administration
It would be wise for companies to review these areas carefully with a knowledgeable HR Professional or counsel to assure that:
Employees are classified correctly based on recent changes in the exempt pay threshold
A “contractor” pass scrutiny as being an independent contractor rather than an employee
FMLA policies, notices, forms and record-keeping documents are consistently applied and administered correctly.
Addressing these critical areas and assure you are compliant. Don’t wait for the “knock on the door” – it will be too late then!