SMACNA Supports the House Committee Report Accompanying the Departments of Labor, Health and Human S

DOL must have the resources it needs to ensure ongoing compliance with these programs and meet the obligations placed upon it by Congress.

In its report, the House Appropriations Committee “encouraged [SOL] to increase staffing levels to assist in the development of investigations, negotiations, and litigations to ensure workers get the relief they deserve.” This includes, as the Committee specifically noted, employees that are deprived of workplace protections when employers intentionally misclassify them as independent contractors. The same report also noted that the Wage and Hour Division employs fewer investigators in 2022 than it did 75 years ago, in spite of the fact that the country’s workforce has dramatically grown.

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