Tennessee employers have an opportunity to get paid
By Kim Swindell Wood | January 22, 2019 12:09 pm
Federal program allows employers to self-audit payroll and possibly avoid fines
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development encourages Tennessee employers to take part in the Payment Audit Independent Determination program or PAID. This United States Department of Labor initiative gives employers the opportunity to avoid costly fines for wage and overtime violations.
PAID is a new nationwide program that allows employers to self-audit their compensation practices and, if they discover overtime or minimum wage violations, to self-report those violations.
If an employer discovers issues during an audit, they can then work in good faith with USDOL’s Wage and Hour Division to correct their mistakes and to quickly provide 100 percent of the back wages due to their affected employees.
“The PAID program provides Tennessee employers the opportunity to fix these issues before they become major problems,” said Kim Jefferson, Assistant Commissioner for the TDLWD Workplace Regulations and Compliance Division. “PAID allows employees to receive wages owed to them in a timely manner and it can save employers from paying costly fines.”
The program’s primary objectives are to quickly resolve wage violation claims without litigation, to improve employers’ compliance with overtime and minimum wage obligations, and to ensure more employees receive the back wages they are owed, faster.