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Wage and Hour Division

Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20210


Deputy Administrators Susan Boone
Keith Sonderling

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) enforces Federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor law requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. WHD also enforces the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act, and a number of employment standards and worker protections as provided in several immigration-related statutes. Additionally, WHD administers and enforces the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act and other statutes applicable to Federal contracts for construction and for the provision of goods and services.

Sources of Information

Evaluations / Studies

The WHD posts evaluations and studies on its Web site in Portable Document Format (PDF).

File a Complaint

Instructions for filing a complaint are available online. Phone, 866-487-9243.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The WHD is required to disclose records that are properly requested in writing by any person. The WHD may withhold information pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the FOIA. The WHD does not require a special FOIA request form. A request must reasonably describe the desired record. Providing its name or title is not mandatory, but the more specific the record description, the more likely that WHD staff can locate it. A FOIA request must be made in writing and may be submitted by courier service, email, fax, or postal mail.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The WHD provides answers to FAQs on its Web site.


The WHD posts national and State news releases on its Web site.


Contact information for WHD area, district, and regional offices is available on the "WHD Local Offices" Web page.


Resources for workers are available on the WHD Web site.

Resources for employers are available on the WHD Web site.

Resources for State and local governments are available on the WHD Web site.

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