THE LABOR department has inspected more than 57,000 businesses for possible violations as of September, exceeding its full-year target of 55,000.

The inspections that covered 2.3 million workers found that some companies were not providing proper wages and benefits and were not complying with occupational safety and health rules, the agency said in a statement at the weekend.

The Labor department said it would suspend labor inspections this month so it can prepare its 2020 inspection program. Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III ordered regional Labor directors to suspend all inspections starting Dec. 1.

The suspension will not cover complaint inspections, occupational safety and health standard probes and technical safety inspections.

Also excluded from the suspensions were the verification of foreign workers who have alien employment permits, the agency said. — Gillian M. Cortez