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Reflections Upon USDOL "Tip Retention" Enforcement

by Fisher Phillips on

We recently wrote about two federal appellate decisions holding that tipped employees for whom no federal Fair Labor Standards Act Section 3(m) "tip credit" has been taken, and to whom all FLSA minimum wages and overtime...more

Tip-Pooling Restrictions Slated To Be Rescinded, Labor Department Announces

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Department of Labor plans to propose a full rescission of the controversial tip-pooling restrictions impacting employers who pay tipped employees the full minimum wage directly sometime in August, according to a...more

DOL back at it: FLSA ‘white collar’ exemption salary threshold likely to increase

by McAfee & Taft on

Last year was a busy year for employers. Many conducted internal audits and went through intense planning to comply with new U.S. Department of Labor overtime regulations that were to take effect December 1, 2016. Those 2016...more

Federal Agencies Scale Back Their Workplace Regulatory Ambitions

by Littler on

During the prior administration, congressional gridlock prevented many significant labor and employment bills from advancing. Federal agencies picked up the slack, issuing several rules to help carry out much of President...more

The ESOP Class Action: An Existential Threat To The ESOP Community

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In recent years, many sponsors and trustees had to defend investigations from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in connection with transactions in which company shares were sold to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). In...more

Rules To Come? Future Regulatory Agenda For OSHA

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

It’s that time of year again…when the federal government tells the regulated community what types of rulemaking initiatives that various agencies are undertaking for the year. Yesterday, the semiannual regulatory agenda was...more

Department Of Labor To Rescind 2011 Tip Pooling Regulation

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Yesterday the Trump Administration, through the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, released the federal government’s semi-annual Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory...more

Additional 15,000 Visas for H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Workers for FY 2017

Effective upon publication by the Federal Register on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has authorized the one-time issuance of an additional 15,000 H-2B visas for Temporary Nonagricultural...more

Life with Conflict of Interest Starting to be Implemented and Retirement Plan Update

by Winstead PC on

Fee Changes and Disclosures Post Conflict of Interest Regulations Initial Partial Effective Date - The effects of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DoL”) conflict of interest or fiduciary regulation and related prohibited...more

What’s on the Agenda? Tips and OT

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Each spring and fall, Washington waits with bated breath as the Executive Branch releases its regulatory agenda. As the first pronouncement of some of the specifics of the Trump Administration’s regulatory plans, this year’s...more

Pension Plan Sponsors – When “De-Risking”, Select Annuity Providers With Care

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employer-sponsored retirement plans come in many varieties. For example, under 401(k) and other defined contribution plans, employees and, often, employers may make specific contributions to an employee’s plan account...more

Google Prevails, In Part (And For Now), In Compensation Data Dispute With OFCCP

On July 14, 2017, an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) for the Department of Labor issued a Recommended Decision and Order (the “Opinion”) in the case brought by the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”)...more

Administrative Law Judge Sides With Google in Denial-of-Access Case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In an advantageous decision for federal contractors, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) ruled last week that a demand by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) for pay data about Google employees was...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A Tuesday Times op-ed accuses Wall Street of “fleec[ing]” American pension plan, mutual fund, and insurance policy investors by routing orders to particular exchanges in return for “rebates”—fractions of cents for each trade...more

OSHA Proposes Delay for New Injury Reporting Requirements

Late last month, the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a proposed delay for implementation of its new injury and illness reporting requirements until December 1. The rule originally was...more

OregonSaves: New State-Run Retirement Plan Requires Employer Action Beginning November 15, 2017

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Are you an employer with employees in Oregon? If you do not offer a retirement plan to any of your employees, read on for your obligations under a new state-run retirement savings program called OregonSaves. If you do...more

Administrative Law Judge Winnows OFCCP’s Data Request

by Littler on

On July 14, 2017, an administrative law judge issued a 43-page set of recommendations and order (“Order”) on the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (“OFCCP”) data requests issued to Google, significantly...more

EBSA means Business

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I started my own practice in 2010, some critics said I was selling fear because of issues I had with fee disclosure, revenue sharing, and other fiduciary issues. History ended up proving me right....more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: July 2017 #3

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, the City of San Francisco joined other municipalities around the country that prohibit employers from asking applicants for wage history. The Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that will go into effect in...more

DOL Will Not Defend Obama Era FLSA Salary Threshold Rule, but Uncertainty Continues

by Burr & Forman on

Employers who have been anxiously awaiting an answer as to whether the Department of Labor (“DOL”) will continue to defend the Obama Administration’s controversial overtime rule that was temporarily blocked by a federal court...more

Money for Nothing! Court Allows Employees to Pursue Lawsuit Despite DOL Settlement

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The majority of courts have held that releases of FLSA rights require approval by a court or the US Department of Labor. A recent case in the Southern District of New York highlights a dilemma employers...more

Court Rules That Company Discretionary Offer Of Voluntary Separation Agreements Does Not Create An ERISA-Covered Severance Plan

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

It always has been difficult to give a consistent answer as to whether informal severance arrangements have created an ERISA-covered severance plan. In Mance v. Quest Diagnostics Inc., 2017 WL 684711 (DC NJ 2017), the U.S....more

OFCCP Reminds Contractors to Display EEO Posters

On July 14, 2017, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) reminded all contractors and employers covered by the agency’s nondiscrimination and EEO laws of their posting obligations. According to the OFCCP’s...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 17

by Clark Hill PLC on

EPA Appropriations Bill: A House appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 would trim the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by $500 million, as opposed to the $2.6 billion cut requested by the White House. The...more

Department of Labor Rolls Back the Liberal Interpretation of Who is and Who is Not an Employee

by Jaburg Wilk on

Recently the hot topic in employment law is the widespread misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The courts and the Department of Labor (DOL) have steadily turned up the heat on employers who misclassify...more

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