The United States Department of Labor

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DOL’s New Disability Claim Rules Add to a Plan Administrator’s Duties under Welfare and Retirement Benefit Plans

Now, faced with an aging baby-boomer generation and increased costs related to disability litigation, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration (DOL) has proposed new rules that would revise and...more

The DOL’s Fall 2015 Regulatory Agenda: Does it Really Shed Light on the Timing for a Final Overtime Rule?

Approximately three months after the comment period closed on the proposal from the Obama administration and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to revise the Part 541 overtime regulations, the DOL issued its Fall 2015 Semiannual...more

July Issue Date Announced by the DOL for the New Salary Basis Regulations

We have received several inquiries regarding the timing of the new Department of Labor (DOL) wage and hour regulations which will raise the minimum salary basis for exempt employees from $23,660 to $50,440, among other...more

DOL slightly opens the door for Open MEPs

I was always a fan of “open” multiple employer plans (MEPs) because it allowed smaller companies to get better pricing on plan expenses and choice of investments and providers by aggregating with smaller, similar plans....more

Legislation Proposed to Reform H-1B and L-1 Visa Programs

In November, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Assistant Democratic Leader, introduced a new bipartisan legislation seeking to reform and reduce fraud...more

DOL’s Request for Information on Employees’ Use of Electronic Devices Expected in February 2016

In its July 2015 notice of proposed rulemaking on the forthcoming changes to the “white collar” overtime regulations, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recognized employer concerns regarding the remote use of electronic...more

OSHA’s Latest Regulatory Agenda: Silica, Tree Care, Powered Industrial Trucks, Lockout/Tagout . . . and Much More

The U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently released its Fall 2015 Regulatory Agenda, its semi-annual status report of all regulatory actions underway or being contemplated by the DOL’s agencies. Included in the agenda were...more

DOL Tightens Disability Claim Processing Rules

“Isn’t this an ACA blog?” Yes, it is. “So, why are you writing about disability plan administration?” Because they said so. The preamble to the proposed rules explains – Inasmuch as disability and lost earnings can be sources...more

DOL Solicitor General States That New FLSA Regulations May Not Be Implemented Until Late 2016

At a recent American Bar Association Conference in Philadelphia, the United States Department of Labor's Solicitor General announced that the much-anticipated new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations would likely not...more

Employment Law Commentary - Volume 27, Issue 11, November 2015

Annual California Roundup - Another year and another round of legislative updates. California’s legislature continues to provide a rich source of law. This year the highlights include equal pay legislation, expanded...more

UPDATE: OMB Says DOL May Publish Final White Collar Exemptions Overtime Rules in July 2016

July 2016. That’s when the final rule on the white collar overtime exemptions is expected to be published by the DOL – this according to the OMB’s Fall 2015 Unified Agenda and Regulatory Plan released last Thursday. Just...more

Labor Department Provides Guidance on ERISA Coverage of State-Run Retirement Programs for Private Sector Employers

In recent years, a number of states have explored the idea of establishing state-run retirement plans for private sector employees who do not have access to employer-sponsored retirement plans. The preemption concerns under...more

DOL Targets July 2016 For Release of Final Overtime Rule

In its Fall 2015 Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, published last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) estimated a July 2016 timetable for the publication of the Final Rule containing the agency’s changes to the “white...more

DOL Issues Proposed Revisions to Disability Plan Claims Regulations

The Department of Labor published proposed changes to its regulations governing disability claims and appeals in the Federal Register on November 18, 2015, and invited comments. The stated purpose of the proposed changes is...more

LATEST UPDATE: When Will The Exemption Changes Occur?

The U.S. Labor Department's most-recent semi-annual regulatory agenda shows a July 2016 "Final Rule" timeframe for the revised regulations defining the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 13(a)(1) exemptions....more

Final Rule Amending Overtime Requirements Not Expected Until Late 2016

On June 30, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) published its proposed rule amending the minimum salary requirement for overtime exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the proposed rule, the minimum weekly...more

Final Rules on Overtime, Crystalline Silica, and Persuader Agreements are Expected in the First Half of 2016

On Friday, federal agencies released their Fall 2015 Regulatory Plans and Unified Agendas. These semiannual reports detail all agency rulemaking efforts at their various stages of development and implementation. The...more

Pizza franchisee jailed for wage violations

Most employers know that failing to pay minimum wage or overtime pay to their employees can lead to serious consequences. When employees file lawsuits claiming unpaid overtime wages, they can bring in their co-workers,...more

Obama Administration Announces $100 million in TechHire Grants to Support IT, Cybersecurity, Broadband Sector Training

On November 17, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) and the White House issued a funding announcement releasing $100 million in grants as a part of the Obama Administration’s TechHire Initiative, which specifically calls out...more

DOL Settles Systemic Hiring and Pay Discrimination Claim With Government Contractor For Close to $2 Million

On November 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) announced that it reached a settlement with nine locations of a government contractor “to remedy systemic...more

Home Care Industry Coalition Seeks Supreme Court Review of DOL's Home Care Rule

In the latest litigation chapter involving the U.S. Department of Labor’s rule extending minimum wage and overtime requirements to certain home care workers, a home care industry coalition has taken its challenge of the rule...more

New Exemption Rules May Be Delayed To Late 2016

Waiting is the hardest part. Ever since the Department of Labor issued its proposal to substantially increase the minimum salary level needed to classify an employee as an exempt executive, administrative or...more

SuperVision Today - November 2015

Notes from the Chair and Executive Editor - Welcome to the fourth quarter edition of SuperVision Today, Spilman's labor and employment law e-newsletter. With the calendars getting ready to roll over to 2016, the New Year...more

“Socially Responsible” Investing Under ERISA: New DOL Guidance

Fiduciary concerns may have prevented plan committees from considering “economically targeted investments” (ETI) – such as investments that observe environmental, social or governance responsibility (ESG) standards – as...more

Start Preparing Now for Wage and Hour Changes on the Horizon

As we have previously reported on this blog, and as most of you are well aware, the U.S. Department of Labor has published its highly-anticipated proposed revisions to the “white collar” exemptions under the Fair Labor...more

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