Posted March 11, 2020 07:06:31A new report from The New York Times details how President Donald Trump’s administration has attempted to use the Department of Justice (DOJ) to force companies to provide information on employees, contractors, and contractors.
According to the report, the DOJ has pushed companies to voluntarily submit their payroll data for public records requests, and has made clear that it will not release data from contractors.
Companies that do not comply with the directive are subject to a fine of up to $1 million per company.
The report also notes that the Trump administration has also asked for data from certain companies with ties to the Department.
“The administration is pushing companies to comply with subpoenas, demanding documents on employees and contractors, including some who have worked for the administration,” the report states.
Companies that refuse to comply face sanctions from the DOJ, the government’s civil rights division, and the Department’s Office of the Inspector General, which has previously issued guidance that said that companies should not be required to comply.
According a press release, the Department “has been investigating employers for violations of the law, and its investigations have revealed that companies are routinely required to pay employees for overtime and other work time that is not compensated for, or that is done outside the scope of the employee’s job responsibilities.”
The Department also noted that it has issued a number of enforcement actions against employers that have failed to comply, including a recent raid on a California business that had a policy requiring employers to pay their full-time employees up to 15% of their annual compensation.
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