UNCLE SAM, UNION BOSS:
BENEFITS, AND HOURS
YOU’VE RUN YOUR EMPLOYEES through E-Verify, followed the nondiscrimination requirements, and implemented affirmative action programs (if your company is large enough). But for many of your employees—perhaps all of them—the most pressing question is not “are you an equal opportunity employer?” but rather “what are my wages and benefits?” And when you contract with the government, Uncle Sam has a thing or two (or maybe a thing or 20) to say about what the employees working on your government contracts earn and how much paid time off they receive.
Since 2009, the Department of Labor has added 250 new wage and hour inspectors (for a total of nearly 1,000 nationwide), whose sole mission is to ensure that contractors comply with the wage and hour requirements. Given the government’s focus on wage and hour compliance, as well as the stiff penalties for violations (including the very real possibility of debarments), you should take extra care to ensure that your small business complies with the requirements we will discuss in this chapter.