More employers are likely to self-audit their pay practices and correct errors as a result of the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) new pilot program, the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program, employment attorneys say.

When a business already has been sued or the DOL is auditing it, the program won't be available. In addition, employees won't be required to accept settlements they disagree with.

Another concern is whether the program opens the door to a broader DOL investigation. But given the DOL's sympathetic ear to employer concerns right now, there probably wouldn't be, said Steven Suflas, an attorney with Ballard Spahr in Denver.

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