Paul DeCamp is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis LLP and leader of the firm's Wage and Hour Practice Group. His practice focuses exclusively on wage and hour matters. He joined Jackson Lewis in 2008 upon completing his service as Administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, the chief federal officer responsible for interpreting and enforcing the Nation's wage and hour laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and close to seventy other federal statutes, on behalf of roughly 135 million workers in 7.3 million workplaces around the country. Appointed by the President, he led a federal agency with close to 1,300 employees in more than 220 offices nationwide, operating on an annual budget of more than $170 million. He has testified before Congress on a variety of wage and hour issues. Before his appointment as Administrator, Paul served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Honorable Victoria A. Lipnic, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards. In that capacity, he was a member of the Wage and Hour Division's Executive Team and provided legal and policy advice on the full range of wage and hour matters, with emphasis on the FLSA, the FMLA, and opinion letters.
The majority of Paul's practice involves defending employers in wage and hour litigation, as well as government agency investigations. Since returning to private practice following his time at the Department of Labor, he has served as lead or co-counsel in approximately thirty wage and hour class, collective, and hybrid actions across the country involving such industries as restaurants, retail, hospitality, financial services, pharmaceutical sales, healthcare, security, information technology, aerospace, and adult entertainment.
Paul also dedicates substantial time to helping employers nationwide navigate the complex requirements of federal and state wage and hour laws. He regularly advises clients on such issues as overtime exemptions, determining compensable working time, independent contractor classification, calculating overtime, tip credit rules, and general payroll issues. He provides comprehensive policy and practice reviews to enable businesses to determine their overall compliance status and to address opportunities to increase compliance and to reduce risk.
Paul received his A.B. in Government, magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1992. In 1995, he received his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Notes Editor for the Columbia Law Review and the Director of the First-Year Moot Court Program. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Alan E. Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.