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U.S. Department Of Labor Expansively Defines FLSA Joint Employment In New Guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued an Administrator's Interpretation ("AI") on January 20, 2016, setting forth the agency's approach to evaluating whether putatively separate entities are joint...more

Who’s The Boss? The Department of Labor’s Effort to Expand Joint Employer Liability Under the FLSA

On January 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Wage and Hour Division issued an Administrator’s Interpretation (“Interpretation”) significantly expanding the definition of a “joint employer” under the Fair Labor...more

Department of Labor Guidance on Joint Employment Highlights Risks for Employers

In a recent OnPoint, Dechert discussed the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial decision in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., in which the Board abandoned its long-standing joint employer test in favor...more

DOL Throws 3rd Fastball in Less than a Year, Seeking to Strikeout Employers by Targeting Joint Employment

Action Item: On January 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) issued guidance regarding the determination of joint employer status under both the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and...more

DOL Issues Guidance on Joint Employers

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued guidance warning employers that ''joint employment'' has become more common in light of the growing variety of business models and labor arrangements in today's economy....more

Business, Labor, Manufacturing, And Agriculture Representatives Provide ITC With Different Perspectives On Likely Impact Of The...

During January 13-15, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) held hearings concerning the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”) on the U.S. economy. Witnesses from a variety of...more

DOL Issues Interpretation to Expand Joint-Employer Liability

The position could expose more putative employers to potential liability under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In an Administrator’s Interpretation (AI) issued on January 20, the US Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Wage and...more

DOL Continues to Push Its Agenda with New Guidance on Joint Employment

Solicitor of Labor Patricia Smith likes to quip that the Department is “working overtime on overtime.” DOL took a break from the much-anticipated overtime regulations and issued new guidance yesterday on the question of who...more

July 1, 2016: All Ontario employers must comply with new noise regulation

As of July 1, 2016, all Ontario employers will be required to comply with a new workplace noise Regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The new Regulation (381/15) replaces noise protection requirements...more

DOL Issues Administrator's Interpretation Expanding the Definition of Joint Employment

Under the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has aggressively enforced and interpreted the federal wage and hour laws. Consistent with that approach, on Wednesday January 20, 2016, the Department of...more

USDOL Releases Broad "Joint Employment" Interpretation

The U.S. Labor Department has taken the next step in its nearly-six-year-old "fissured industries" initiative by releasing Administrator Interpretation No. 2016-1, dealing with concepts of "joint employment" under the...more

DOL Issues an Administrator's Interpretation Regarding Joint Employment

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently issued an Administrator’s Interpretation (“AI”) regarding joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection...more

New Guidance from the DOL Regarding Joint Employment

In an effort to clarify the circumstances that may create a joint-employment relationship, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an Administrator’s Interpretation this week. This Administrator’s Interpretation, which can be...more

Are You a Joint Employer? WHD Issues Guidance in the Form of an Administrator’s Interpretation

On January 20, 2016, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor released an Administrator’s Interpretation (AI) on joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Migrant and Seasonal...more

DOL Issues Guidance on Joint Employment under FLSA

The Department of Labor's Wage & Hour Division (WHD) has issued an Administrator's Interpretation (AI) establishing new standards for determining joint employment under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the...more

New NC "Ag-Gag" Law Might Conflict with NLRB View of Concerted Activity Rights

North Carolina’s controversial new “Ag-Gag” Law took effect January 1. The bill was passed at the behest of state pork and poultry interests concerned over animal rights activists using employment as a cover to film...more

The Chill of ICE: Crackdown on Undocumented Workers Can Cost You

Recently, an agricultural company faced more than $100,000 in fines after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) auditors identified more than 100 substantive violations – each carrying a $1,100 maximum penalty....more

2016 Legislative Preview Issues the Vermont Legislature will face in the coming year.

Legislators this session will grapple with an estimated $58 million budget gap for fiscal year 2017, of which $53 million is attributed to Medicaid. With Vermont’s Medicaid program now covering one in three Vermonters, the...more

Careful: New Inspection Guidance for Poultry Processing Facilities

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration recently issued its “Inspection Guidance for Poultry Slaughtering and Poultry Processing Establishments” (October 28, 2015). OSHA explains in the Guidance that workers...more

EPA Launches Pesticide Worker Protection Dashboard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently launched a new Pesticide Worker Protection Dashboard (Dashboard). EPA states this Dashboard is “focused on the universe of agricultural operations regulated and farm...more

OSHA Ramps Up Focus On the Poultry Industry

In October, OSHA announced an Emphasis Program on poultry processing in Regions IV and VI in states with Federal OSHA programs. Region IV Federal OSHA states are Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi. The Region VI...more

Many Michigan Farms Having Difficulty Finding Seasonal Workers

Michigan farms are having trouble finding seasonal workers because migrant workers are becoming more interested in permanent positions. Michigan Farm Bureau has reported that migrant workers fill about 40,000 seasonal jobs on...more

EPA Publishes Worker Protection Standard Final Rule

In a November 2, 2015, Federal Register notice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the final rule revising the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Worker Protection Standard (WPS). ...more

AgriBiz Alert: OSHA Targets Agribusiness Industry with New Citations

In recent months, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited several agribusiness employers for alleged violations of its standards, proposing significant penalties against them....more

A Legislative El Niño for California?: New 2016 Employment Laws for the State’s Private Sector Employers

Experts are predicting a 95% chance of heavier-than-usual seasonal rainfall this year in Southern California based on the phenomenon known as “El Niño.”  Did the California Legislature and its Governor produce a comparable...more

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