Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the United States Department of Labor Administers/Enforces Certain Major Laws such as:
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the federal law commonly known for minimum wage, overtime pay, child labor, recordkeeping, and special minimum wage standards applicable to most private and public employees. FLSA provides the agency with civil and criminal remedies, and also includes provisions for individual employees to file private lawsuits. The 1989 Amendments to FLSA added a provision for civil money penalties (CMP) for repeated or willful minimum wage or overtime violations. (Since 1974, FLSA has contained a similar CMP provision for child labor violations.)
Wage and Hour has certain responsibilities under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). These include: (1) enforcement of the labor standards protections for certain temporary nonimmigrant workers admitted to the U.S. under several programs (D-1, Crewmembers; H-1B, Professional and Specialty Occupation Workers; H-1C, Nurses; H-2A Agricultural Workers); and (2) inspection for compliance with the employment eligibility verification recordkeeping requirements (I-9 reviews).