Introduction To The Investigative Process

Investigative Process, Withholding, And Disbursement Of Funds Under SCA/CWHSSA/FLSA

The WHD is responsible for administering and enforcing a number of federal laws that set basic labor standards, among them:

  1. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  2. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  3. The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA)
  4. The Employee Polygraph Protection Act
  5. Certain employment standards and worker protections under the Immigration and Nationality Act
  6. The Davis-Bacon and related Acts
  7. The McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act

The WHD may conduct investigations under any one or more of the laws it enforces. A WHD investigator (WHI) may conduct an investigation to determine whether these laws apply to an employer. A WHI may also visit an employer to provide information about the application of, and compliance with, the labor laws administered by the WHD.

Most employers are subject to the FLSA, the federal law of most general application requiring payment of the minimum wage and overtime premium pay, keeping certain basic payroll and employment records, and limiting the working hours and types of jobs for certain underage youths. Section 11(a) of the FLSA authorizes representatives of DOL to investigate and gather data concerning wages, hours, and other employment practices; enter and inspect an employer's premises and records; and question employees to determine whether any person has violated any FLSA provision(s).

The WHD conducts investigations for a number of reasons, all having to do with enforcement of the laws and ensuring an employer's compliance. The WHD does not typically disclose the reason for an investigation. Many are initiated by complaints. All complaints are confidential; the name of the worker and the nature of the complaint are not disclosable; whether a complaint exists may not be disclosed. In addition to complaints, the WHD selects certain types of businesses or industries for investigation. Regardless of the particular reason that prompted the investigation, all investigations are conducted in accordance with established policies and procedures.

Consulting Services We Provide

  • Review public works preconstruction contracts
  • Monitor DIR contractor/subcontractor certified payrolls
  • Audit labor classification for each worker employed
  • Review DIR pre-DAS 140/142 submissions
  • Review CAC training fund contributions form CAC-2
  • Review DIR Fringe Benefits Statement PW-26
  • Monitor DIR wage determinations
  • Audit fringe benefits allowances
  • Review DIR holiday payment requirements
  • Audit DIR travel & subsistence requirements
  • Caltrans Labor Compliance
  • County of Sacramento Labor Compliance
  • City of Los Angeles Labor Compliance
  • Los Angeles Unified School District Labor Compliance
  • Federal Davis-Bacon Project Monitoring
  • Federal DBE Implementation & Review
  • Federal FAA AIP Goal Setting
  • DIR & Davis-Bacon Training
  • DIR Civil Wage Penalty Review
  • Local-Hire Review (e.g., San Francisco)
  • Skilled and Trained Workforce

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