The Department of Labor plans to beef up wage and hour audits

Working Lunch: Joe Kefauver and Franklin Coley from Align Public Strategies discuss the Biden Administration’s planned audits. They also talk about Uber and unions.

U.S. corporations aren’t the only ones hiring. The U.S. Labor Department apparently is, too.

This week’s episode of the Working Lunch podcast, from Align Public Strategies, features a discussion on the department’s hiring of 100 new auditors in its wage and hour division.

The reason? They plan to crack down on wage and hour violations in the hospitality sector. Joe Kefauver, managing partner with Align, and partner Franklin Coley discuss the crackdown and what employers need to know.

And Uber is proactively working with the provincial government in Ontario to basically create a new classification of worker—not independent contractor and not traditional employee—but a hybrid with a portable benefits regime. They dive into that situation.

They also have another installment of Starbucks Watch. But this week Amazon, REI and a host of independent coffee shops will be on the menu as well. We will update you on the latest with regard to industry unionization efforts. All that and Legislative Scorecard.

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