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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By the Numbers: The Summer of Employment Law

There’s no doubt that this summer is keeping human resources professionals and employment lawyers hopping. With new proposed rules on overtime, benefit coverage for married same-sex couples, a few birthdays, and ongoing data...more

DOL Proposes New FLSA Test for Employee Exemptions and Issues New Guidance for Independent Contractor Classifications

What you need to know: The Department of Labor recently proposed an important change to the Fair Labor Standards Act that would significantly reduce the number of employees who are properly deemed “exempt” from the...more

White House Releases Report on Improving and Modernizing the Immigration System to Meet 21st Century Needs

Earlier this month, the White House released a review of the United States’ immigration policies in a report entitled, “Modernizing & Streamlining our Legal Immigration System for the 21st Century.” The Report highlights key...more

Employer Wage and Hour Headaches Continue in 2015

The trend of wage and hour developments facing employers continues in 2015 with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issuing a proposed rule that would update the regulations governing the white collar exemptions to...more

How Contemplated Changes to the White-Collar Exemptions’ Duties Tests Could Reward Your Poor Performers…and What You Can Do in...

As you have no doubt heard, the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division (“WHD”) has proposed revisions to the regulations defining which of your white-collar employees qualify as exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s...more

Input Sought on New Rules to Extend Overtime to More Workers

Employers and other stakeholders have just a few weeks in which to provide input on proposed regulations which would raise the salary threshold for workers exempt from overtime to $50,440 a year. On July 6, 2015 the...more

The Department of Labor Proposes to Extend Overtime Pay to Nearly 5 Million Workers

Last month, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) released a proposal that would more than double the salary threshold that determines which workers are eligible for time-and-a-half pay when working more than 40 hours in a week....more

DOL Continues Misclassification Push, Says “Most Workers Are Employees,” Not Contractors

When is a worker really in business for him or herself? This is the fundamental question addressed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1, released July 15, 2015 (the...more

Lawmakers Introduce Worker Misclassification Legislation

Two weeks after the U.S. Department of Labor issued an Administrator's Interpretation cautioning that "most workers are employees," Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Al Franken (D-MN) introduced a bill targeting worker...more

Navigating the Treacherous Waters of Tipped Employee Wages

As evening sets, many restaurants will find themselves bustling with customers and loyal patrons eager to put the day's work to rest. But while managers focus on reservations, inventory, food allergies, and table checks,...more

Independent Contractor and Exempt Employee Classification Review Should Include Joint-Employer Status

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) issuance last week of independent-contractor misclassification guidelines—as well as its recent issuance of proposed changes to the overtime rules—underscores that employers should be...more

USDOL’s Proposed Revisions to the Exemption Regulations Significantly Increase Salary Requirements, But Leave Duties Requirements...

The U.S. Department of Labor recently released its highly anticipated proposed rule on the Fair Labor Standards Act white-collar overtime exemptions, along with a fact sheet summarizing the proposed rule. The good news for...more

DOL Proposes Exempt Classification Rule

The federal Department of Labor (“DOL”) released a proposed rule to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act’s white-collar employee exemptions (i.e., executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer...more

Salary and Duty Test Worries? Instead, Have It Your Way

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently published proposed rules increasing the salary to be overtime-exempt to an estimated $50,440 per year as of January 2016. There will likely be an automatic annual salary escalator...more

It’s Not Just the DOL That Thinks You May Have More Employees

Just last week, the DOL provided guidance about people treated as independent contractors, but who may really be your employees. That is just part of the trend. Another way you may have “extra” employees is through joint...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - July 2015

Editor's Overview - This month's article by Lindsey Chopin discusses Affordable Care Act ("ACA") litigation. Just five years old, the Supreme Court has considered issues related to the ACA numerous times. Two of those...more

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Adopts “Primary Beneficiary Test” and Provides Guidance on the Unpaid Intern Question

On July 2, 2015, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued significant pro-employer decisions in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures (Nos. 13-4478-cv, 13-4481-cv) (“Fox”) and Wang v. Hearst Corp. (No. 13-4480-cv) (“Hearst”)...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - July 2015

New Amendments Clarify California Paid Sick Leave - This month, the California Legislature enacted AB 304, an urgency measure that became effective on July 13 and provides much needed clarity on various aspects of...more

Department of Labor Guidance Seeks Expanded “Employee” Classification of Workers

On July 15, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an Administrator’s Interpretation (No. 2015-1) providing guidance on the classification of employees as independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)....more

Can Employers Offer Compensatory Time to Exempt Employees? [Wage & Hour FAQ]

Recently, two blog readers asked a question about the use of compensatory (comp) time in the private sector during a discussion about tracking exempt employees’ hours worked. One reader’s company tracked exempt employees’...more

Department of Labor Guidance Clarifies Classification of Employees Under Fair Labor Standards Act

On July 15, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance to employers in determining whether a worker should be classified as an employee or independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards...more

HCS: OSHA Issues Inspection Procedures for Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012)

On July 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued OSHA Directive Number CPL 02-02-079. The Directive is intended to establish "policies and procedures to ensure...more

DOL’s Recent Guidance on the “Economic Realities” Test and Effects on Independent Contractor Misclassification in the Energy...

Paying hot-shot drivers by the load or mile? Contracting out repair work to vehicles or machinery? Are individuals who regularly perform work integral to your business being paid through accounts payable? Have welders that...more

USCIS Issues Final Guidance on When to File an Amended or New H-1B Petition After Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC – But Cautions...

On July 21, 2015, USCIS issued Final Guidance for agency adjudicators regarding applying the precedent decision, Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC. As we previously reported, Matter of Simeio radically reinterpreted the...more

Wage and Hour Division Targets Independent Contractors

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division released an Administrator’s Interpretation providing guidance on the misclassification of workers as independent contractors. The guidance sets forth a...more

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