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Labor Department to Tighten Scrutiny

posted Aug 19, 2009, 1:01 PM by Unknown user

By MELANIE TROTTMAN; Wall Street Journal; August 19, 2009

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has spent her first few months in office focusing on handing out $46 billion in stimulus money. Now, her department is adding staff and signaling it will soon begin putting in practice the more assertive regulation of business she promised early in her tenure.  Ms. Solis has begun hiring 670 new investigators to enforce labor regulations.  There will be 150 investigators added in the Wage and Hour division to enforce wage rules and child-labor laws. Another 100 staff will be added to ensure contractors on stimulus projects are in compliance with applicable laws. The additions will boost the division's staff by more than one-third.