A former administrator of the wage and hour division at the U.S. Department of Labor, Tammy D. McCutchen is a leading authority on federal and state wage and hour laws who now represents and counsels management clients in connection with all types of labor and employment matters.  She focuses her practice on:

  • Compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage-hour laws
  • Conducting audits of overtime exemption classifications, non-exempt pay practices and independent contractor status
  • Implementing compliance programs designed to avoid wage and hour disputes and lower potential litigation liabilities
  • Representing employers being investigated by the DOL's Wage and Hour Division and similar state agencies

She also regularly serves as a consulting or testifying expert witness in wage-hour collective and class actions.

Additionally, Tammy represents and counsels clients on:

  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Service Contract Act
  • The Davis Bacon Act
  • The Migrant and Seasonal Worker Protection Act
  • Worker protections in federal immigration laws
  • Reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Federal and state discrimination laws
  • Affirmative action and prevailing wage requirements for government contractors

She appears before state and federal courts, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the DOL, and state agencies.

A frequent speaker, Tammy has lectured about wage and hour issues before trade associations, business organizations, and human resource groups. Most frequently, she works with clients in the following industries:

  • Retail
  • Restaurant
  • Hospitality
  • Janitorial
  • Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Insurance
  • Accounting
  • Health care

Tammy is co-chair of Littler Mendelson's Compliance Audit Services Practice Group and a core member of the Wage and Hour Practice Group. She also is the primary architect of the firm's AuditQB software tool for conducting employment compliance audits. 

While at the DOL from 2001 to 2004, Tammy was responsible for enforcing, setting policy and preparing regulations for some of the country's most comprehensive labor laws, including:

  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • The Davis-Bacon Act
  • The McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act
  • The Medicare Secondary Payer Act

She managed the annual budget and 1,400 employees, represented by two unions, in more than 250 offices across the country.  She was a primary architect of the first major changes to DOL overtime regulations in 50 years and, under her leadership, the DOL increased enforcement by 60% in two years, while collecting millions of dollars in back wages.

Before working at the DOL, Tammy was senior counsel at a global chocolate corporation, where she provided counseling on labor and employment matters involving employees at corporate headquarters, field sales offices, and manufacturing plants located in the United States, Canada and Mexico.  She was responsible for:

  • Managing employment litigation
  • Advising the company on collective bargaining and labor arbitration issues
  • Managing the preparation and implementation of affirmative action plans
  • Providing assistance to the Diversity Council
  • Conducting training for managers on recognizing and responding to discriminatory harassment

Tammy also clerked for Judge Daniel A. Manion on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and practiced law in Chicago for eight years.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Labor and Employment Law Section

American Bar Association


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Labor and Employment Practice Group

Federalist Society


Small Business Legal Advisory Board

National Federation of Independent Business


Named, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA


Order of the Coif

News, Analysis & Press

Fast-Food Industry Stuck on Franchisee Training Issue

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

October 11, 2016

Obama Wage Enforcers' Top Targets: Subway, McDonald’s, Dunkin’

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

September 1, 2016

The DOL’s New Overtime Regulations

Today’s General Counsel

August 1, 2016

Democrat Pushes Rider to Block NLRB's Joint Employer Ruling

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

June 21, 2016

Tips for Tackling the New Overtime Rule

Modern Distribution Management

June 20, 2016

Morning Shift


May 20, 2016

OT Rule Poses Challenges

HR Executive Online

May 19, 2016

Overtime Pay For Millions More Workers

The Atlantic

May 18, 2016

Overtime Pay May Become Reality for More U.S. Workers

The Associated Press

May 17, 2016

GOP Recruiting Democrats for Bill to Block Overtime Rule

Bloomberg BNA Labor & Employment Law Resource Center

May 11, 2016

New Overtime Rules May Take Effect in Mid-July, McCutchen Says

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

April 14, 2016

Obama’s HR Legacy

Human Resource Executive

March 24, 2016

Overtime Rules Pose Massive Challenges for Employers

Employee Benefits News

March 16, 2016

Overtime Rule Advances Toward Publication

SHRM Online

March 15, 2016

A November Overtime Surprise from the DOL?

Bloomberg BNA

March 14, 2016

WHD Stats Tell Mixed Story on Enforcement Success

Bloomberg BNA

January 26, 2016

Ex WHD Chief: Employers Must Prepare for DOL Independent Contractor Approach

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

October 30, 2015

Guest Column: Anticipating Changes to Overtime Regs

Portland Business Journal

October 2, 2015

Meet the overtime elite


August 4, 2015

Where the human resource worries reside

Fleet Owner

July 17, 2015

The Top 10 Quotes from HR’s Biggest Conference of the Year

Business Management Daily

July 1, 2015

Obama swings left with overtime regs

The Hill

June 30, 2015

Special Report with Brett Baier

Fox News


Overtime Proposed Rule Could Wreak Havoc

Society For Human Resource Management

June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Sides with Labor Department In ‘Rulemaking’ Challenge

Thomson Reuters Westlaw Journal

March 31, 2015

Labor Department wins at SCOTUS


March 10, 2015

Supreme Court Sides with DOL on Change to FLSA Interpretation

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

March 10, 2015

FLSA Proposed Rule Delayed

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

November 3, 2014

New Overtime Rules Big Deal for HR

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

June 23, 2014

Concerns Over Overtime

Human Resource Executive Online

April 15, 2014

David Weil as Wage and Hour Administrator

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

March 31, 2014

Employers must prepare for overtime overhaul

Corporate Secretary

March 18, 2014

Tommy, overtime rule change?

WWL-AM 870

March 14, 2014

Obama overtime plan already stirring controversy

Associated Press

March 14, 2014

Obama to Direct Overtime Expansion Under Labor Law to Promote Wage Agenda

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

March 13, 2014

What the new overtime rules mean for me


March 13, 2014

Obama orders overtime rule changes

USA Today

March 13, 2014

Obama Tackles Overtime

Human Resource Executive Online

March 13, 2014

The President Goes to Overtime

Wall Street Journal

March 12, 2014

No Pay for Donning/Doffing Safety Gear, Supreme Court Says

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

January 28, 2014

Justices 5-4 Reject Labor Department View, Find Pharmaceutical Sales Reps FLSA-Exempt

Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report

June 18, 2012

SCOTUS Overtime & Implications

Washington Legal Foundation

June 5, 2012

Snow Days


January 13, 2011

Books & Book Chapters

  • "29 C.F.R. Part 541", U.S. Department of Labor, 2004

Speaking Engagements

Second Annual Puerto Rico Conference

Hato Rey, PR

August 18, 2016

2016 Mid-Atlantic Employer Conference

Washington, DC

June 7, 2016

Preparing for Change: Revisions to the FLSA Overtime Regulations

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

May 5, 2016

The Independent Worker Proposal: Finding a Middle Ground Between Employee and Independent Contractor

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 4, 2016

ACC Annual Meeting

October 19, 2009

The 2008 Pennsylvania Employer

Pittsburgh, PAPhiladelphia, PA

October 1, 2008


  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1990 cum laude
  • B.A., Western Illinois University, 1987 summa cum laude

Bar Admission

District of Columbia