Paul DeCamp, Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in the Bloomberg Daily Labor Report, in “Judges Order Arrests in Rare Labor Agency ‘Punch’ Over Defiance,” by Rebecca Rainey and Parker Purifoy. (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

Federal labor agencies have recently sought the arrest of employers who flout their orders, using a rarely exercised enforcement tool for policing workplace violations.

In separate cases involving the US Labor Department and the National Labor Relations Board, judges found business owners to be in contempt of court after repeatedly failing to comply with agency requests or mandates.

Some lawyers say the regulators’ push for court-ordered arrests is a sign of the Biden administration’s more aggressive approach to labor enforcement. …

Others suggest that the pursuit of arrests may reflect unique instances of very bad actors rather than a shift in policy.

“These are so unusual to find somebody going to jail for a discovery issue, that it’s important to kind of view these as the rare birds that they are,” Paul DeCamp, a former Wage and Hour administrator under President George W. Bush, said of the Michigan home-care case.

It’s “a cautionary tale in what not to do in responding to a Department of Labor investigation,” said DeCamp, now a management-side attorney with Epstein Becker & Green PC. He noted that the court docket indicated that the employer in the WHD case had many months to comply with the court’s order for records.

“If you disagree with the investigator, if you disagree with the department about what information you should produce, get a lawyer and work it out and behave like a normal, responsible, rational human being and a decent employer,” DeCamp said.

Jump to Page

Privacy Preference Center

When you visit any website, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. This information might be about you, your preferences or your device and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalized web experience. Because we respect your right to privacy, you can choose not to allow some types of cookies. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings. However, blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.