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Liz Johnston – Responding to a DOL Investigation

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Show Topic:
What should employers have at top of mind if the Department of Labor shows up to perform a wage and hour investigation? Do you have to comply with their requests? What are the ramifications if you refuse to provide the documents and information that is sought? On this episode of HR Power Hour, join host Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Elizabeth Johnston a labor and employment attorney at Verrill concerning best practices as to how businesses should respond if the DOL contacts an employer to perform a wage and hour investigation, including what the DOL will likely be looking for, your rights in the process, and best practices for interacting with the administrative agency.

About The Guest:

Liz’s practice centers on helping employers stay up-to-date and in compliance with their legal obligations, from preparing customized employment policies and agreements to counseling clients on employee-related matters with their business ideals and objectives in mind. Liz advises organizations small and large on issues including wage and hour matters, claims of harassment and discrimination, claims of whistleblower retaliation, ADA accommodations, federal and state leave obligations, employee policies, internal investigations, and restrictive covenants. Liz also advocates for clients in litigation in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies including the Maine Human Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Maine Workers’ Compensation Board. During law school, Liz served as a Bernstein Fellow at the Maine District Court and a judicial extern to the Honorable Kermit Lipez of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. After law school, Liz clerked for the Honorable Andrew M. Mead of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, where she gained invaluable insight into the litigation process from a judicial perspective. Liz lives in South Portland with her family. When she’s not at the office, Liz enjoys indoor cycling, experimenting with new recipes, and exploring Maine’s hiking trails and beaches.