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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Same Sex Marriage is the Law of the Land: What Next for FMLA Benefits

FMLA Rights: Earlier this year, HR Legalist announced the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Final Rule (29 C.F.R. § 825.102) that changed the regulatory definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act...more

What the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Means for Employers

On Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its long-awaited opinion in the Obergefell case, striking down bans on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional and legalizing same-sex marriage in every state. We posted...more

DOL Weighs in on Top Hat Plan Dispute

For years courts have struggled with defining what qualifies as a “top hat plan.” The stakes in these cases are often high, as top hat plans are exempt from most of ERISA’s substantive requirements, including from its funding...more

New Overtime Regulations Proposed

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a proposed rule this morning that would expand federal overtime pay regulations to cover nearly 5 million additional employees by raising the minimum salary threshold required to qualify...more

President Obama Announces Proposed Sweeping Change to Federal Overtime Law

On June 29, 2015, President Obama announced a Department of Labor rule change aimed at raising wages for up to five million people as soon as 2016. Currently, with some exceptions, Americans who make less than $23,660...more

Obama Administration Proposes New Overtime Rules

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division announced its long-awaited proposal to amend 29 CFR Part 541, the “white collar” exemption for executive, administrative, and professional employees. Somewhat...more

Supreme Court Says Constitution Requires States to License Same-Sex Marriages

In another blockbuster 5-4 ruling authored by Justice Kennedy, in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___. ____ (2015), the U.S. Supreme Court has held that the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution requires a state to license...more

The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling: Key Employment Law Take-Aways

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States answered the two questions it posed in the consolidated same-sex case, Obergefell v. Hodges, No. 14-556 (June 26, 2015). The consolidated case arose from challenges to...more

Now That Same-Sex Marriage is a Constitutional Right, How Do Employers Administer FMLA Leave?

Earlier this year, the Department of Labor issued a final rule allowing an otherwise eligible employee to take FMLA leave to care for a same-sex spouse, regardless of whether the employee lives in a state that recognized...more

Employment Law - June 2015 #2

Joint Employers Can Be Liable for Employee Misclassification in California: Why it matters - Liability under the California Labor Code extends to joint employers that are aware of a willful misclassification of an...more

Federal Guidance on Independent Contractors on Its Way This Summer

Recently, Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Administrator David Weil announced that the DOL would issue an “administrator interpretation” letter early this summer on how an employer can best address whether an individual qualifies...more

The Obama Administration’s Proposed “Labor Violation” Reporting Duties Present Challenges for Federal Contractors

President Obama’s July 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673 mandates that federal contracting agencies collect information concerning a potential prime contractor’s 3-year violation history with respect to...more

OSHA Clarifies RAGAGEP Definition and Abandons Use of "Commercial Grade" in PSM Standard

On June 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) published two interpretations related to process safety management (“PSM”). In this publication, OSHA defined the term...more

Labor Department Revises FMLA Forms

The United States Department of Labor recently revised many of the forms it recommends employers use to comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The most significant changes add references to the Genetic...more

Whistleblowing: An Employer’s Guide To Global Compliance

In This Issue: - Foreword - A Summary Across Five Continents - Law and Sanctions - The Legislative Framework: Whistleblower Protections Across the Globe - Global Differences: The Cultural...more

Summer Storms and the FLSA: Paying Employees When Inclement Weather Shuts You Down

As we head into the waning days of June, strong storms and persistent flooding have been all over the news lately. Near me, storms earlier this week demolished homes and businesses, dropped a communications tower on a fire...more

House and Senate Appropriations Committees Approve Funding Bills with Riders Targeting DOL, NLRB Initiatives

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees advanced bills this week to fund various federal agencies for FY 2016. Each chamber approved versions of spending measures that include riders prohibiting funding for a...more

DOL Invites Comments on Requirement That Bidders Disclose Employment Law Violations

President Obama’s Executive Order 13673, called the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order, uses the prospect of gaining or losing an edge in winning government contracts to provide a powerful incentive for employers to comply...more

Contractor Blacklisting: Sweeping “Labor Violation” Reporting Duties in the Proposed “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Guidance and...

President Obama’s July 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673 mandates that federal contracting agencies collect information concerning a potential prime contractor’s 3-year violation history with respect to...more

Update On Recent And Anticipated Federal Regulatory Developments

Federal white collar exemptions: According to the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) most recent Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, proposed rules revising the regulations implementing the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) are...more

Are You in the DOL's Crosshairs? Statistics Give Warning to Retail, Hospitality Employers

Last week, the Department of Labor posted a new blog post from Wage and Hour Division Administrator Dr. David Weil highlighting the DOL’s wage and hour enforcement efforts. Dr. Weil’s statement that the DOL recovered “over...more

Connecticut Extends Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Protections to Unpaid Interns

On June 22, 2015, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a new statute that extends workplace harassment, discrimination and retaliation protection to unpaid interns. Historically, it was unclear whether an...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2015

Employer’s Motive, Not Confirmed Knowledge Of Accommodation Need, Is Basis Of Religious Accommodation Violation - Federal anti-discrimination laws (“Title VII”) prohibit an employer from refusing to hire a candidate to...more

Federal Financial Regulatory Agencies Release Final Diversity Standards

After lengthy consideration, six federal financial regulatory agencies—the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Federal Deposit Insurance...more

Intern Anti-Discrimination Bill Signed By Governor

Capitol Watch – The Hartford Courant’s political site – tweeted the following yesterday: "Gov. Malloy has signed a bill protecting interns from workplace harassment and discrimination. And a review of the...more

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