Labor Department Gets Its Groove Back

After decades of non-enforcement, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has begun hiring new investigators to begin cracking down on employers who use illegal labor tactics.

The Wall Street Journal reports Secretary Solis will be adding 670 investigators to the rolls, including 150 in the Wage and Hour Division, 75 in the Employee Benefits Security Administration and 100 more to ensure contractor compliance on stimulus projects.

In addition, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has formed a new task force to combat severe violators of workplace safety regulations.

The latest announcement comes just months after President Obama reversed and delayed a series of pro-business, anti-worker policies put in place by the Bush administration. One such rule, which inundated labor unions with tedious and unnecessary financial disclosures, is currently under review.