Enforcement of State Wage and Hour Laws: A Survey of State Regulators

In 2011, the National State Attorneys General Program at Columbia Law School published a first of its kind report on the enforcement of state wage and hour laws. According to the Executive Summary, authors Jake Meyer and Robert Greenleaf "developed a comprehensive survey on wage and hour enforcement, distributed it to state agencies responsible for such enforcement, and analyzed the responses. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia completed at least some portion of the survey. The results are shared here for the purpose of creating an objective depiction of state activity in wage and hour enforcement that we hope will serve as an inspiration and jumping-off point for further research, by the states and others. A major goal of the project was to determine not only the methods and extent of enforcement, but also states’ procedures and abilities to track and share data about their enforcement efforts."