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DOL Delays Enforcement Of Companionship Exemption Rule, But Private Lawsuits Against Employers Can Carry On

On October 9, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor announced that it would delay enforcement of the 2013 Final Rule regarding the companionship exemption to the minimum wage and overtime requirements of...more

And the Numbers Are Finally In . . . Wage and Hour Division Releases Enforcement Statistics

After a long hiatus, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its updated enforcement statistics for fiscal years (FY) 2009 through 2013. The federal government’s fiscal year runs from...more

Ch Ch Ch Ch Changes: New VETS-4212 Report Means More Changes for Federal Contractors

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. David Bowie’s familiar refrain has become the motto of federal contractors everywhere as they struggle to keep pace with the numerous regulatory changes and enforcement initiatives currently being...more

You’re NOT Paranoid – the Agencies ARE Ganging Up

Feeling a bit paranoid these days, especially where government oversight or agency investigations are involved? Your perception of reality is probably being driven less by paranoia and more by the upticks in government...more

FLSA "Per Diem" Claims On The Rise

A recent U.S. Labor Department press release highlights a growing area of scrutiny under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act: Paying "per diem" amounts to non-exempt employees....more

DOL Issues Proposed Rule On New Minimum Wage For Some Federal Contractors

Today the U.S. Department of Labor issued its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to implement the new minimum wage for certain federal contractors based on the Executive Order that President Obama signed on February 12. The Notice...more

The OFCCP Calls a Moratorium on Enforcement Activities Against TRICARE Providers

On May 7, 2014, a Directive of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) placed a five-year moratorium on enforcement activities regarding health care providers that are TRICARE subcontractors. TRICARE is...more

Knock Knock, Who's There? The DOL Announces Renewed Focus on On-Site FMLA Investigations

In April 2014, new FMLA Branch Chief Helen Applewhaite shed some light on the DOL's current enforcement initiatives. In particular, Applewhaite reiterated the DOL's renewed focus on conducting on-site compliance...more

TRICARE: DOL Announces 5-Year Moratorium on Affirmative Action Compliance Audits

Previous Health Law Updates reported on the efforts of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to apply equal employment opportunity mandates to providers that subcontract to provide healthcare services for TRICARE beneficiaries....more

Aggressive FLSA Enforcement Efforts Expected To Continue in 2014

Employers should expect the long-term trend towards increased scrutiny of wage and hour issues to continue in 2014. Wage and hour claims currently outpace all other types of workplace litigation and have increased by over...more

The Department of Labor Releases Fall 2013 Statement of Regulatory Priorities

On November 26, 2013, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) issued its Fall 2013 Statement of Regulatory Priorities which identified the Department’s priorities and primary activities for the coming year. The statement...more

Temporary Worker Visa Reforms and Expanded Enforcement Measures

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

Hotels, Motels Still Drawing USDOL Attention

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

FAA Lets OSHA Standards Board the Plane

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

USDOL's "Naughty or Nice?" App

The U.S. Labor Department has signaled for some time now that it considers shame and ostracism to be enforcement tools....more

DOL Extends Deadline For Providing Annual Comparative Chart Of Investment Alternatives In Participant-Directed Individual Account...

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

DOL Extends Participant Disclosure Deadline for 2013

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

OSHA Still Interested in Oil and Gas Industry

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

Stricter Scrutiny Of Labor Certifications—Increase In Audits And Supervised Recruitment By The DOL

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

Your Federal Government is Here to Help—Anatomy of a DOL Audit

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

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