The United States Department of Labor

The United States Department of Labor is a federal executive department established in 1913 and headed by the Secretary of Labor. The Department's mission is to promote workers's general welfare and... more +
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What Employers Must Know About Wage and Hour Law

This year, according to a recent Syracuse University study, federal courts are on track to handle a record number of wage-and-hour lawsuits stemming from violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which establishes...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2015

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Notice Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors - The Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary, published a new notice correcting its September 16, 2015 notice by publishing Appendix A...more

Perspectives - September/October 2015

In a decision in which no opinion commanded a majority, the Ohio Supreme Court sided with a private entity — a charter school operator — in a dispute over the ownership of personal property purchased by the operator with...more

BREAKING: Connecticut Department of Labor Commissioner to Retire At End of Year

Sharon Palmer, the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Labor, will retire at the end of this year, news that was first reported by the CT Mirror website. According to CT Mirror: In an interview, she...more

Eleventh Circuit adopts and clarifies "primary beneficiary" test for unpaid interns under the FLSA

On September 11, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit handed down a landmark decision clarifying the circumstances under which unpaid interns are entitled to receive compensation under the Fair Labor...more

What’s the Real Effect of OSHA’s Revamped Inspection Process, the “Enforcement Weighing System?”

On October 1, OSHA started its “Enforcement Weighing System,” which means that OSHA Compliance Officers and Area Offices will be under less pressure to complete a number of inspections and will receive credit for separate...more

White House Summit to Promote "Worker Voice"

On October 7, 2015, the White House and the U.S. Department of Labor will host a "Summit on Worker Voice," an event intended to "ensure that working Americans are fully sharing in the benefits of the broad-based economic...more

Hot Topics: Worker Classification Issues

Worker classification issues are popping up in the news a lot again. This is because the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is taking a more aggressive view on joint-employer standards under the National Labor Relations...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Double Whammy in Maine’s Paper Industry - This past week, two northern Maine paper mills...more

The Government’s Embrace of Technology

When we think of the federal government and technology, the descriptors “tech savvy,” “early adopter,” or “cutting edge” don’t come to mind. In fact, despite all of the Obama Administration’s high-tech dreams, the federal...more

Is the Six-Factor Test Still Good? Eleventh Circuit Endorses Modified Intern Test

A recent decision by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals appears to reject the U.S. Department of Labor’s oft-recited six-factor test, which is used to determine whether interns are actually functioning as employees. In...more

A Summary of Predicted Litigation Under the DOL’s Proposed Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor’s recent Proposed Rule, which defines the term "fiduciary" as it applies to persons who provide "investment advice" to ERISA plans and IRAs, will impact the likelihood and severity of fiduciary...more

Rethinking the 24/7 Response

Always connected. Always available. Always responsive. In an era where personal electronic devices have become more of a technological appendage than merely a handy gadget, a growing number of employers are grappling with the...more

DOL penalized for ‘bad faith’ conduct

The Department of Labor recently agreed to pay an employer $1.5 million for costs and attorneys’ fees it had incurred in a lawsuit filed by the DOL. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the employer was entitled...more

What is the Cost of a Free Lunch? [Wage & Hour FAQ]

Q. We offer free lunches to our food service employees. Can we count the cost of these lunches as part of our employees' compensation? A. The short answer is yes, but as we all know, there's no such thing as a free...more

Federal District Court Addresses Measure of Damages in ERISA Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case

Fiduciaries of two defined contribution retirement plans sponsored by the same employer (the “Plans”) sued the Plans’ former investment manager for breach of ERISA fiduciary duties and state law violations in connection with...more

US Department of Labor Accepts Petition to Investigate Peru’s Alleged Noncompliance with US-Peru FTA Labor Commitments

On September 25, 2015, the US Department of Labor (DOL) announced its acceptance of a petition filed by the International Labor Rights Forum and seven Peruvian labor organizations concerning the alleged failure of the...more

The U.S. Department of Labor Strikes Again – Worker Misclassification is (Still) a Hot Topic

Continuing the trend of exposing companies who have misclassified workers, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has persuaded its latest target, Halliburton Co., to pay $18.3 million to compensate employees for unpaid overtime....more

New York "Supersizes" the Minimum Wage for Certain Fast Food Employees

On September 10, 2015, the New York Department of Labor issued an order increasing the minimum wage for fast food employees at certain fast food chain restaurants in New York State to $15 per hour. This increase fixes the...more

Wage and Hour Claims Menace Producers

It’s common knowledge: Fair Labor Standards Act audits from the U. S. Department of Labor and lawsuits from workers for overtime violations are coming faster than a blitzing safety on a third and long. Native Oilfield...more

Construction E-Note - September 2015

Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation requires and issues licenses for entities and individuals to qualify to construct improvements to real property in Florida. Generally speaking, an out-of-state...more

DOL Gets Reined In - Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals says the agency pushed too far in worker misclassification case

As most employers know, the United States Department of Labor (DOL), along with many other federal and state agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has focused on pursuing employers for misclassifying...more

Employee or Independent Contractor: Who is Best Suited to Provide a Meaningful Diagnosis Regarding Your Workers?

We previously wrote about the federal Department of Labor’s perspective on classifying employees and independent contractors here. However, many California employers are subject to the snare of multiple frameworks, all at the...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - September 2015

The National Labor Relations Board’s (the Board) Democratic majority handed the organized labor movement one of its biggest legal victories in recent years. The decision radically redefines the concept of “joint employment”...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - September 2015

Editor's Overview - It has been a little more than one year since the U.S. Supreme Court altered the legal landscape for litigating ERISA breach of fiduciary duty claims relating to the investment in employer stock...more

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