Not to be distracted by its own wage and hour problems, the DOL in late July announced its finding in an investigation of contractors whose employees work in the U.S. Senate cafeteria. The DOL investigation started after prodding by 46 Democratic senators, who accused the contractors (covered by the Service Contract Act) of violating prevailing wage law and failing to pay overtime. The workers’ labor union, supported by the senators, alleged that after negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement, the contractors began reclassifying employees, with no change in job duties, in an effort to reduce the employees’ pay. The union also alleged that employees were not paid for work that was required before their paid shifts began, and thus that required health and welfare, and overtime, were not paid. After the DOL findings were announced, one contractor’s representative was quoted in Law360 as saying that “the misclassifications were largely attributable to administrative technicalities related to our associates’ evolving day to day work responsibilities, which in some cases crossed multiple lines.” This case illustrates a problem with government contract work. Even when the enforcement agencies themselves are unable to comply with all facets of the complicated legal matrix now confronting employers, government contractors are often expected to comply with the rules, strictly applied.