Wage and Hour Enforcement


Source Department of Labor, Wages and Hour Division
File Size 3.08 GB
Dates Covered 1980s – September 2010
Cost Snapshot

  • Nonmembers $150
  • Members $50
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The Wage and Hour Enforcement Database is from the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor. The WHD is responsible for the enforcement of several labor laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. These laws cover areas such as child labor, overtime, minimum wage, and medical or family leave.The Wage and Hour Enforcement database contains information about the violations, penalties, and employers for more than 800,000 cases that have been closed between roughly the 1980s and September of 2010.


Record layouts and samples of this database

Main documentation (Readme.txt) 9.2 KB
Schema (WOH.pdf) 351.1 KB
Sample Data, KASE table (kase_sample.xls) 67.3 KB
Sample Data, Employer table (employer_sample.xls) 102.4 KB
Data Dictionary, Full database (Dictionary.xls) 88.0 KB

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