Adapting With the Workforce
The Wage and Hour Division must adapt its outreach and enforcement strategies to the changing workplace to protect workers’ rights and give employers a fair and level playing field, Administrator Dr. David Weil told those attending the AFL-CIO’s Secretary-Treasurers’ Conference. Weil shared his views at the Maryland event in Hanover on May 20. “As economic forces continue to spawn the development of new business models that put workers’ rights at risk, we will continue to respond with a vigorous approach to strategic enforcement,” Weil said.
“In the last six years, we have embarked on a data-driven, evidence-based approach to enforcement that focuses our efforts on industries where we know violation rates are high, and where low-wage, vulnerable workers who are reluctant to raise their voice are often found.” He asked the labor representatives to share ideas on how the division can better serve its mission, including finding ways to ensure that workers exercise their rights.