We have just received word that the Department of Labor (“DOL”) is showing up to agricultural employers, and in particular Citrus Growers, in the Central Valley and the Desert performing Wage and Hour Audits. The most critical thing for employers to do in the event of an audit is BE PREPARED! Ensure you are in compliance and that your employee and supervisors are prepared. DOL can request verification of compliance by way of document production that can go back 4 years.
Penalties for non-compliance and the accompanying civil money penalties can be expensive. If you have any questions about what to do when the DOL shows up, contact the experts at the Saqui Law Group, a Division of Dowling Aaron Incorporated.