Wage and Hour Division
|Jurisdiction||Federal government of the United States|
|Agency executive||David Weil, Administrator|
The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the United States Department of Labor is the federal office responsible for enforcing federal labor laws. The Division was formed with the enactment of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
Specifically, the office deals with:
- Youth and special employment
- Fair Labor Standards Act (minimum wage, overtime, child labor)
- Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (leave)
- Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Workers Protection Act (migrant workers, H-2A Visa program, Field Sanitation Provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act)
- Employee Polygraph Protection Act
- Worker protections in temporary worker programs
- Davis–Bacon Act, McNamara–O'Hara Service Contract Act, Walsh–Healey Public Contracts Act, Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (prevailing wages, government contracts)
- Consumer Credit Protection Act (wage garnishment)
Until November 8, 2009, the Wage and Hour Division was one of four D.O.L. agencies that were components of the Employment Standards Administration. With the decommissioning of the ESA, Wage and Hour now reports directly to the Secretary of Labor.