L&I Partners with the U.S. Department of Labor to Coordinate Labor Law Enforcement in Pennsylvania

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier today announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between L&I and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. Labor (DOL) to share information regarding violations of labor and workers’ compensation laws that fall within the scope of investigation of both departments.

“Our partnership with the federal Department of Labor extends greater protections to Pennsylvania workers and ensures stronger compliance assistance for employers,” Berrier said. “Sharing information and resources among federal and state agencies charged with enforcing similar laws enables us to better achieve our shared mission of protecting Pennsylvania workers effectively and efficiently.”

The MOU establishes a five-year agreement, which allows DOL and L&I to partner as appropriate. This agreement allows the departments to carry out joint investigations across the Commonwealth, share training materials, assist employers and employees with compliance assistance information, coordinate enforcement activities and suggest referrals in case of violation.

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“We look forward to working with Pennsylvania Labor & Industry as a partner. Our combined efforts will improve our own resources and ensure increased employer compliance across the Commonwealth,” said Mark Watson, Regional Administrator for DOL North East Wage and Hours Division. “Our agencies share a common goal of ensuring proper working conditions for workers in Pennsylvania. Our collaboration and sharing of resources to achieve efficiency in this common goal makes sense. »

The Department of Labor and Industry administers 14 labor laws, including the Construction Workplace Misclassifications Act (Law 72), the Applicable Wages Act, the Children, Minimum Wage Act, Wages Recovery Act, Prohibition of Excessive Overtime in Health Care Act (Act 102), Medical Remuneration Act, Apprenticeship Act and Training, Equal Remuneration Act, Industrial Homework Act, Personnel Records Inspection Act, Seasonal Agricultural Labor Act, Verification of construction industry employees and workers’ compensation law, together with the regulations expressed for each.

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