Wage and Hour DOL Audits: Surviving Heightened Scrutiny on Pay Practices

Preparing for Investigations of Minimum Wage, OT, Hours Worked and Misclassification; Leveraging Settlement Techniques

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

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This CLE course will arm employment counsel with the practical techniques to effectively respond to and navigate a DOL wage and hour audit. Our panel will discuss the substantive areas the DOL is targeting and offer their perspectives on settlement negotiations with the DOL.


The new 2015 Budget granted increased funding to the DOL to investigate employer pay practices. All employers must take proactive steps in planning for handling a DOL audit. A DOL audit can come at any time and without notice.

DOL investigations will target key areas of concern, including payment of wages, minimum wage, record-keeping and misclassification issues. While increasing the intensity of its wage-hour investigations, the DOL continues its focus on misclassification and wage issues.

Counsel must address a myriad of issues involved with employer audits, including the DOL’s extent of access to employment records and how to decide whether to respond with compliance, dispute DOL findings, and/or reach a settlement. Effective handling of audits, based on experiences and insights from seasoned professionals, will position counsel to employers to avoid substantial penalties and enforcement action.

Listen as our authoritative panel covers best practices in responding to and navigating a DOL wage and hour audit. The panelists will discuss the substantive areas that are likely to be subject to investigation, settlement techniques and more.



  1. Substantive areas subject to audit
    1. Payment of wages
    2. Record-keeping
    3. Misclassification
  2. Compliance vs. dispute
  3. Settlement techniques
  4. Integrated federal and state audits


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What actions can employers take now to prepare for a DOL audit?
  • What are the substantive pay practice areas on which counsel should focus?
  • What considerations should be made when considering settlement for possible violations?
  • How best must counsel prepare to confront audits from both federal and state audits?


Stephanie Dodge Gournis
Stephanie Dodge Gournis

Drinker Biddle & Reath

Ms. Dodge Gournis is engaged exclusively in the representation of management in all aspects of traditional labor...  |  Read More

Landes, Jeffrey
Jeffrey M. Landes

Epstein Becker and Green

Mr. Landes counsels clients in a variety of industries in all facets of employment law, including compliance with EEO...  |  Read More

Robinson, Alfred
Alfred B. Robinson, Jr.

Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart

Mr. Robinson has practiced labor and employment law and advised business clients on employment compliance issues since...  |  Read More

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