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In response to reports of alleged abuses of the H-1B (temporary specialty) and L (international transferee) visa categories, lawmakers in both the House and Senate appear to agree that major reform and increased enforcement...more
One of the U.S. Labor Department's continuing federal Fair Labor Standards Act enforcement initiatives targets hotels and motels. Officials are following-through on their 2010 warning that they see the hospitality industry as...more
Employers in the wholesale industry have been the target of several investigations conducted by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the US Department of Labor across various states. Although the WHD enforces a number of...more
Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a final policy allowing the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to enforce certain of its safety standards for aircraft...more
The U.S. Labor Department has signaled for some time now that it considers shame and ostracism to be enforcement tools....more
On July 22, 2013, the DOL announced a temporary enforcement policy that provides the administrators of individual account retirement plans such as 40 (k) or 403(b) plans some additional flexibility regarding when they have to...more
Guidance provides temporary relief from the August deadline for annual disclosures by participant-directed plans.
On July 22, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Field Assistance Bulletin 2013-02 (the Bulletin),...more
Our new infographic dramatically shows the disconcerting enforcement trends facing employers throughout the US. Over the last several years, US government agencies have significantly stepped up enforcement efforts against...more
The US Department of Labor (DOL) honored its promise to step up Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) enforcement efforts as reflected by a settlement of a lawsuit filed against the Putnam County Board of Education (Putnam) for...more
Employers should expect increased enforcement of key federal employment laws and the potential expansion of state paid leave programs if Congress funds the White House's budget priorities....more
Iowa is the latest state to partner with the US Department of Labor (DOL) in a nationwide effort to share information and coordinate enforcement efforts aimed at preventing the misclassification of employees as independent...more
One of the biggest fines paid in the history of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) came from the oil and gas industry. ...more
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has indicated that it will further expand its use of “integrity” measures in the permanent labor certification program. These measures include the conduct of audit investigations and...more
Under the Obama administration, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has become re-energized and is the most active it has been for many years. While the WHD still lacks a permanent...more