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Wage & Hour Watch

Welcome to the Wage & Hour Watch, which features ruminations and insights derived from Compliance Specialist Mike Staebell's 33 years enforcing federal labor laws for the US Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. Mike blogs regularly on the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and lesser-known statutes such as the Davis-Bacon Act, H-1B, and more. These articles will offer tips on staying in compliance, updates on new laws and regulations, and how to deal with DOL investigations should you be subjected to one.


Posted on 12/21/2018 at 10:00 AM by Mike Staebell

The Wage and Hour Watch reported on the reintroduction of Administrator’s Opinion Letters by DOL’s Wage and...

Posted on 12/10/2018 at 10:00 AM by Mike Staebell

Mike Staebell, Compliance, Labor Laws, Des Moines IA

Back in 1982 when I began my career with the Wage and Hour Division (WHD), I attended an intense four-week classroom tra...

Posted on 11/02/2018 at 01:12 PM by Mike Staebell

Department of Labor Mike Staebell Des Moines

Twice a year, in spring and fall, the federal government issues its Unified Regulatory Agenda.  This agenda sets fo...

Posted on 10/26/2018 at 12:21 PM by Mike Staebell

Under the current administration, a number of DOL regulations have gone by the wayside by way of the Congressional Revie...

Posted on 09/07/2018 at 10:52 AM by Mike Staebell

FMLA Forms.  Mike Staebell Des Moines Dickinson

The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 requires the DOL to submit its forms at least every three years to the Office of Man...

Posted on 08/27/2018 at 03:28 PM by Mike Staebell

Mike Staebell, Dickinson Law Firm, Des Moines Iowa, Iowa Employment Law, Iowa Wage & Hour Watch

I have made hundreds of FLSA presentations over the years.  Of those, there were only a handful where the issue of...
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