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Without Cops on the Beat, the Great Worker Rip-Off Continues

Labor protections are non-existent for many low-wage workers. This is bad for workers, their families and for the economy.

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At times like these, when workers are at their most vulnerable and economic pressures create incentives to cut corners among even the best of employers, it is critical that the Department aggressively embrace and advance its mission of promoting the interests of and opportunities for America's workers. That means making sure that law-breaking employers fear the DOL as much as an IRS audit. When that happens, the wage floor will mean something to low-wage workers, their families, and our economy.

The authors are the Legal Co-Director and Executive Director, respectively, of the National Employment Law Project.

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