Paul DeCamp, Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in Law360 Employment Authority, in “DOL's Wage-Hour Division Could Get $9M Funding Increase,” by Irene Spezzamonte. (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

Congressional appropriators proposed Tuesday to increase the budget for the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division by $9 million for the next fiscal year.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations said it will seek to devote $260 million to the DOL's Wage and Hour Division as part of the $1.7 trillion omnibus bill for the 2023 fiscal year. In March, President Joe Biden asked Congress to sign off on $14.6 billion in discretionary funding for the DOL, of which $2.2 billion would go to worker protection agencies. 

The proposal is expected to go before the Senate and the House of Representatives before the end of the week. …

Epstein Becker Green's Paul DeCamp, who led the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division under President George W. Bush, told Law360 that the $9 million increase is not as large as it seems once adjusted for inflation. 

"This level of funding will hinder enforcement efforts in the coming year, though not to a significant degree," DeCamp said. 

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