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DOL and DOJ Sign MOU to Coordinate Enforcement of Federal Labor Laws and Address Employee Misclassification

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to strengthen the partnership between the two agencies to protect workers from employer collusion, ensure compliance with federal labor laws, and promote competitive labor markets and worker mobility. SWACCA has been collaborating with DOL on ways to address employee misclassification and this MOU implements a key recommendation that SWACCA made during the development of the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing’s Report for DOL to create partnerships with other federal agencies to police misclassification.

The MOU signed today by Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter and DOL Solicitor Seema Nanda provides new measures to coordinate on information sharing, enforcement activity, and training. In particular, the two agencies intend to use this MOU to maximize the enforcement of federal laws, including worker protection laws under DOL’s jurisdiction and the antitrust laws enforced by the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. This MOU will also allow the two agencies to refer cases of potentially illegal activity to each other, as appropriate, and to coordinate on policy, strategy, and training.

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