On March 4, 2014, the United States Department of Labor announced certain funding priorities in the President’s budget proposal including an increase of $41 million to fund enforcement of wage and hour laws and FMLA compliance. Additional Department of Labor budget priorities are:

  • Nearly $14 million to fund the misclassification of workers as independent contractors initiative.
  • $565 million for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to seek employer compliance with safety and health regulations and inspect hazardous workplaces, and strengthen protection of whistleblowers.
  • The budget also includes $377 million for the Mine Safety and Health Administration and $107 million for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which enforces equal employment opportunity at federal contractors.