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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Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2016 #3

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Small Business Mentor-Protégé Programs - Corrections - The SBA has issued technical corrections to its final rule published in the Federal Register on July 25, 2016 (81 FR 48557),...more

The DOL's New Rx for Federal Contractor Employees

We have reported time and time again on the national trend of mandating paid sick leave for workers. As we noted last March, in a 2015 Executive Order, President Obama directed the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to issue...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - October 2016

In an article published on October 6, 2016 by the Society for Human Resource Management, Bryance Metheny provides insight to the delay in the overtime rule and the lawsuits brought against the Department of Labor...more

Don't Delay: No Change in the December 1, 2016 Deadline for Compliance with the Department of Labor's Final Rule on Overtime

The Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") requires employers to pay employees at the rate of one and half times their regular rate for each hour an employee works beyond forty (40) in a work week. However, the FLSA does provide...more

Changes to FLSA White Collar Exemptions Raise Questions About Service Contract Act Compliance

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) rule that updates the overtime regulations for executive, administrative and professional employees (the "white collar exemptions") under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is set to take...more

Drivers For All Seasons

An Arizona-based employer filed for H-2B visas for seasonal low-skilled drivers. The season for the application was 9 months: Fall-Winter-Spring, based on the growing season and the season of high volume sales for produce....more

Blocking the New Overtime Salary Threshold? Hearing on Request for an Injunction Scheduled for November

A hearing has been scheduled for November 16, 2016 in a Texas federal court to decide whether an injunction will be issued to block the substantially increased salary threshold to qualify as exempt under the new overtime...more

Paid Breaks Cannot Offset Overtime Obligations

Neither the federal Fair Labor Standards Act nor wage payment laws in place in most states require that employers provide non-exempt employees with paid meal and other breaks. However, employers commonly offer employees paid...more

OSHA Issues New Whistleblower Guidelines

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule on the procedures, processes, and timeframes for handling whistleblower complaints under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as for hearings...more

FLSA Hail Mary?

We have heard an extraordinary amount of commentary about the impending December 1, 2016 deadline for compliance with the new FLSA overtime regulations. One of the most troubling comments that appears to be gaining...more

Challenge To The Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces (“Blacklisting”) Rule To Be Heard On October 21, 2016

On October 7, 2016, the first lawsuit challenging the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (the “Order”) and its Final Rule and Guidance (collectively the “Rule”) was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern...more

Employers Beware – The Third Circuit Strictly Construes the FLSA Regulations to Prevent Taking Credit to Offset Overtime...

As employers prepare to implement the new federal Department of Labor regulations which, on December 1, 2016, will double the minimum salary required for many exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), employers...more

Employer Obligations Under New Nondiscrimination Rules: ACA Section 1557 and Requirements for Federal Contractors

Two new regulations require some employers to make health plan design and administrative changes. While not all employers are subject to these requirements, those who are will need to review their plans and be aware of other...more

The EEOC Puts The Gig Economy In Its Crosshairs

This week, the EEOC published its Strategic Enforcement Plan for 2017-2021. As in past years, the EEOC details substantive area priorities – those “activities likely to have a strategic impact in advancing equal opportunity...more

Update on Legal Challenges to New FLSA Overtime Regulations

As you might recall, last month we wrote about the legal challenges that have been filed against the U.S. Department of Labor’s new regulations governing the “white collar” exemptions from overtime. In September, two such...more

The Final Rule - FLSA, US DOL and Overtime Rules: Part 1 - The Basics

Overtime Final Rule: Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – Part 541: In a nutshell: Changes: Effective December 1, 2016, there will be changes dictated by the Final Rule: 1. to the minimum salary level...more

Business Groups Ask Court To Expedite Ruling On Overtime Exemption Rules

In our last post we reported that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and fifty-plus other business groups suing to block the U.S. DOL’s overtime exemption rule from taking effect had not yet moved to expedite the court’s ruling on...more

Department of Labor Issues Final Rule Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

On September 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released the Final Rule Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. The Final Rule requires some federal contractors and subcontractors to provide up to...more

Predictive Scheduling: An Expanding Trend Impacting the Food Service, Hospitality, and Retail Industries

On September 19, 2016, Seattle became the second local jurisdiction to enact a “predictive scheduling” or “secure scheduling” ordinance that allows the jurisdiction to restrict how retailers and restaurants schedule their...more

Seasonal Exemption May Help Some Employers Avoid New Overtime Pay Requirements

The December 1 effective date is rapidly approaching for the Department of Labor’s new white-collar overtime exemption salary levels. Employers struggling with their ability to pay the more than doubled salary minimums are...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: October 2016 #3

Last week, the EEOC held a public meeting on the growing use of big data and predictive analytics in employment decision-making. A panel of industrial psychologists, attorneys, and labor economists told the EEOC that the use...more

New York Federal Court Pilots Mandatory Mediation Program for FLSA Cases

The Southern District of New York (SDNY) recently announced a new pilot mediation program for cases filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Effective October 3, 2016, any federal wage and hour cases that are assigned...more

Merrill’s End of Commission IRAs is going to be a game changer

In a move that will shake the broker-dealer and retirement plan industries, Merrill Lynch’s decided to end its commission individual retirement account (IRA) business to comply with the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new...more

Affordable Care Act Whistleblower Complaint Procedures

On October 11, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a final rule that establishes procedures and time frames for handling whistleblower complaints under the Affordable Care Act (ACA); for hearings...more

Five Critical Wage and Hour Issues Impacting Employers

It is no secret that the wage and hour requirements found in the myriad of federal, state, and local laws and regulations present unique challenges to employers across the country. Those challenges are further complicated by...more

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