Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, and ComplianceHR, a joint venture of Littler and Neota Logic, are pleased to announce the launch of PAID Forward.
PAID Forward helps employers navigate a new self-reporting program from the Department of Labor (DOL) that allows them to proactively address potential wage and hour underpayments under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) without incurring penalties or litigation threats. The Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program, which the DOL announced on March 6, encourages employers to audit their compensation practices, report any potential violations to the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division and remedy errors and compensate employees accordingly.
“The DOL’s PAID program provides employers with a unique opportunity to self-report potential minimum wage, overtime or other violations through a formal mechanism and proactively resolve any issues, while avoiding various litigation-related expenses,” said Tammy McCutchen, a principal in Littler’s Washington, D.C., office, Vice President of ComplianceHR and a former administrator of the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division. “PAID Forward is a valuable resource for employers that combines Littler’s vast knowledge of FLSA audits and wage and hour compliance with ComplianceHR’s artificial intelligence platform for delivering clear and actionable information.”
“We are rolling out a new suite of expert system applications to identify potential off-the-clock work and compensation inappropriately excluded from the overtime calculations,” said Lori Brown, Chief Executive Officer of ComplianceHR. “These new apps, together with our award-winning Navigator OT which analyzes the risk of overtime misclassifications, will provide our users with a comprehensive suite of tools for assessing FLSA compliance – the first step to participate in the DOL’s PAID program.”
The PAID Forward solution begins with a tool to determine if a company is eligible to participate in PAID and then uses the ComplianceHR application to identify potential FLSA risk. Finally, a team of experienced Littler attorneys will guide the company through identifying appropriate remedial actions going forward, calculating back wages, preparing the necessary submissions to the DOL and negotiating with the DOL to ensure practices being corrected are not subject to future litigation.
“Many employers are rightfully excited about this new program, but as with any major move by the federal government on employment law, there are a lot of questions,” said Lee Schreter, Co-Chair of Littler’s Wage and Hour Practice Group. “The PAID Forward service helps employers streamline their auditing and reporting, while providing counsel from attorneys to most effectively work with the DOL and ensure pay practices are compliant moving forward.”
The DOL’s PAID program opened April 3 and was initially designed as a six-month pilot program, after which the DOL will evaluate the effectiveness, participation rate and results to determine whether to make it permanent.
ComplianceHR combines the unparalleled experience and knowledge of Littler, the world’s largest global employment law practice, with the power of Neota Logic’s innovative AI software platform. ComplianceHR’s suite of solutions provides quick, straightforward, cost-effective and comprehensive answers to the countless compliance issues employers confront in an ever-changing and complex regulatory environment.
Littler is the largest global employment and labor law practice, with more than 1,500 attorneys in over 75 offices worldwide. Littler represents management in all aspects of employment and labor law and serves as a single-source solution provider to the global employer community. Consistently recognized in the industry as a leading and innovative law practice, Littler has been litigating, mediating and negotiating some of the most influential employment law cases and labor contracts on record for over 75 years. Littler Global is the collective trade name for an international legal practice, the practicing member entities of which are separate and distinct professional firms.