In a December 28, 2007 news release, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced that since Fiscal Year 2000, the WHD has recouped more than $1.25 billion for nearly two million workers. For FY 2007, 341,624 workers received back wages equaling $220,613,703, which is the highest recovery ever. This record recovery was the result of the WHD’s focus on bringing very large employers into compliance. In fact, numerous employers have made multi-million dollar payments, and in two instances to more than 20,000 workers.

Among other labor laws, the WHD is responsible for administering and enforcing the Family and Medical Leave Act, minimum wage, overtime, and the child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.