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Audit finds N.C. Labor Department lacking in re-inspection of elevators and businesses that don’t follow wage laws
Posted By Sarah Ovaska On June 13, 2013 @ 4:13 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled
Malfunctioning elevators aren’t getting follow-up inspections, and labor inspectors didn’t check in on companies who have gotten in trouble in the past to ensure compliance with wage and hour laws, according to a financial audit from N.C. State Auditor Beth Wood’s office.
The audit  released Thursday by Wood’s office found that at the N.C. Department of Labor:
The N.C. Department of Labor is headed by Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry, whose picture hangs in every elevator in the state as part of the annual inspection notice.
The department is updating computer software to better track labor investigators work and ensure that follow-up reviews are done at both divisions, according to the agency’s response in the audit.
Dolores Quesenberry, the labor department spokeswoman, also said that the public was not endangered in the case of the elevators. Any serious problems where public safety was at risk resulted in the elevators being shut down, she said.
The labor department’s wage and hour division, which is tasked with making sure employers pay proper wages, didn’t conduct follow-up investigation for all 11 of the compliance agreements reviewed by auditors.
“First, there is no assurance the business actually corrected these violations,” wrote auditors. “Secondly, by not verifying compliance, the Wage Bureau cannot assess penalties meant to force compliance.”
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URLs in this post:
 audit: http://www.ncauditor.net/EPSWeb/Reports/FiscalControl/FCA-2013-3800.pdf
 FCA-2013-3800: http://www.scribd.com/doc/147674784/FCA-2013-3800
 N.C. State Auditor: http://www.scribd.com/Dustin_Rose_r
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