The Department of Labor ("DOL") released it 2012 budget, setting forth a $12 billion discretionary budget authority and aims increase enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") and Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA").
The DOL's Wage and Hour Division ("WHD') is seeking $237.7 million and 1,839 full-time equivalent employees. The DOL said it wants an increase of $6.4 million and 57 full-time equivalent employees to support greater enforcement of the FLSA's overtime provisions and the FMLA.
Additionally, the WHD seeks $3.8 million and 35 full-time workers for increased enforcement on the worker misclassification front. Overall, the 2013 budget proposal calls for some $14 million to fight misclassification, including $10 million for grants for states, according to the DOL.
The Occupation Safety and Health Administration's ("OSHA") proposed 2013 budget requests $565.5 million and 2,308 workers, representing a small increase — $680,470 and three employees — from the budget enacted in fiscal year 2012.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") is seeking a $373.7 million budget for the 2013 fiscal year, up from $360 million in 2012.