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Printing Industries of America Obtains Department of Labor Enforcement Statistics

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Press release from the issuing company

Printing Industries of America has obtained Department of Labor Wage/Hour statistics for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 fiscal years. These numbers reveal key enforcement data on a number of parameters. A breakdown of the statistics can be found on Printing Industries of America’s website here

Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage/Hour Division has not published on its website (http://www.dol.gov/whd/statistics) enforcement statistics for the Division, despite requests from Printing Industries of America. In turn, Printing Industries has filed Freedom of Information Act requests obtaining this data over the years. 

In March 2009 the Wage/Hour Division began hiring 150 additional investigators after a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report concluded that the division was understaffed. The 2011 Fiscal Year statistics shows that enforcement has increased (e.g., back wages collected, number of employees receiving back wages, enforcement hours worked) despite complaints registered decrease by 4,700 from FY 2010. Minimum wage and overtime cases have jumped. Family and Medical Leave Act cases have remained relatively flat. Low-wage industries (which do not include graphic communications) saw a 31 percent increase in cases. Child labor cases were relatively flat.

Here’s a sample of some of the data:

W/HD Enforcement Statistics – All Acts FY 2010 FY 2011 Change from 2010
Back Wages Collected $175,652,665 $226,616,156


Employees Receiving Back Wages 208,615 284,593 75,978
Complaints Registered 31,824 27,112 (4,712)
Enforcement Hours 884,419 1,212,664 328,245
Average Days to Resolve Complaint 137 124 (13)
Concluded Cases 25,166 33,666 8,500

For more information and a breakdown of the stats, contact Jim Kyger, Assistant Vice President of Human Relations, Printing Industries of America, at jkyger@printing.org.


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