Shrinking Employment Law Enforcement Funding Raises Risk of Wage Theft

May 26, 2011

Funding to the Labor and Worker Safety Division (LAWS) of the Department of Commerce is being slashed under the pending state budget bill. Staffing for this division, which has the constitutional responsibility of enforcing Ohio’s wage and hour laws, has already been cut to the bone. Presently, Ohio has only 6 wage and hour investigators on staff; when a seventh investigator joins the staff next month, that still works out to just one investigator for every 616,000 Ohio private-sector workers.

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