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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 +
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 improve working conditions. less -

Multiple Artificial Intelligence Bills Introduced in House and Senate

Over the last two months, the United States legislature has introduced three new bills intended to establish a Federal Advisory Committee on the rapidly-evolving field of artificial intelligence (AI) and to analyze and report...more

First State Charges Broker-Dealer in Connection with Violations of DOL Fiduciary Rule

On February 15, 2018, the Enforcement Section of the Massachusetts Securities Division (the “Division”) of the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth charged a registered broker-dealer (the “Broker-Dealer”) that operated...more

New DOL Rule on Disability Claims Procedures: Employer Action Required

The U.S. Department of Labor announced earlier this year that the effective date for employee benefit plans to comply with its new final rule on disability claims procedures is April 1, 2018. The rule applies to claims for...more

New DOL Regulations Require Changes to Plan Claims Procedures – Here's How to Comply

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The DOL issued final regulations that changed the handling of claims and appeals of disability determinations under benefit plans governed by ERISA. Here is what your benefits department needs to know and do: 1. Effective...more

DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts (Again)

by Baker Donelson on

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor announced increases in the civil penalty amounts that may be imposed on employers under several federal employment laws. On January 2, 2018, the DOL rolled out increases to the civil...more

2017 in Review: ERISA guidance and enforcement

In 2017, the principal focus in the administration of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA), by the Department of Labor (DOL) appropriately remained one of the extraordinary developments...more

FY 2019 Administration Budget Request

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump on February 12, 2018, submitted his budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The President's full budget calls for approximately $4.4 trillion in total spending. Much of the budget seeks...more

Legal Ramifications of Paying Employees with Cryptocurrency

As cryptocurrencies surge in value and enter mainstream consciousness, an increasing number of employers may consider compensating their employees with bitcoin, ether, or other cryptocurrencies. While a cryptocurrency...more

Going Up but Never Down | 2018 ERISA Penalties

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Department of Labor announced increased penalties for employee benefit plans under ERISA. The increases generally apply to penalties that involve employee benefit reporting and disclosure failings if the penalty is...more

President's FY 2019 Budget Proposal Signals Cuts to Labor and Employment Funding

by Littler on

President Trump's budget proposal for fiscal year 2019 indicates the administration intends to scale back the Department of Labor (DOL) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). ...more

Proposed Budget Seeks To Cut DOL Funds

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The highly anticipated proposed budget released today by the White House included expected budget cuts for the U.S. Department of Labor. While cutting funds for the DOL, the proposed budget did not resurrect the previously...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 6

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - FY18 Appropriations Work Already Underway. Since the passage of the bipartisan budget deal this past Friday, House and Senate Appropriations Committees have already begun...more

Wage and Hour Law

A. Federal Court Decisions - 1.No Administrative Exemption for Mortgage Underwriters - In McKeen-Chaplin v. Provident Sav. Bank, 862 F.3d 847 (9th Cir. 2017), the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court’s holding that...more

U.S. Labor Department Sends Notices of Contractor Compliance Audits

On February 1, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs sent letters to 1,000 federal contractors notifying them of their selection for compliance evaluation audits. OFCCP informed employers...more

Beltway Buzz - February, 2018 #2

Déjà Vu All Over Again? It is perhaps fitting that last Friday was Groundhog Day, as this week we relived the same government funding battle that we went through just a few weeks ago. Thankfully, because the shutdown card has...more

Association Health Plans: Self-Funded vs. Fully-Insured

Recently proposed Department of Labor (Department) regulations governing Association Health Plans (AHPs) would, if made final, permit small employers to be regulated under more favorable, large group rules. The proposed...more

No Further Delays For Enhanced Disability Claims Procedures:

by McCarter & English, LLP on

On December 19, 2016, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued final rules that significantly expand the existing claims procedures applicable to ERISA-covered benefit plans that provide disability or other benefits conditioned...more

No Joke: New Disability Regulations To Go Into Effect April 1, 2018

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

People who make a disability claim in the U.S. will have stronger protections when a new rule goes into effect April 1, 2018. Late last year, the Department of Labor released a final rule to strengthen the claims and appeals...more

Accountant and Attorney Liability NewsBrief - Winter 2018

by LeClairRyan on

Our attorneys have published the Winter 2018 edition of LeClairRyan's Accountant and Attorney Liability NewsBrief, available. Please see full Publication below for more information....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Volatility was again the name of the game on Thursday in the US markets, which closed down nearly 4% again and headed into official “correction” territory....more

Are Your Executive Compensation Arrangements Safe from the New Disability Regulations?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Beginning April 1, 2018, new disability claim regulations may apply to some executive compensation arrangements. Given this pending regulatory deadline, employers need to analyze which of their executive compensation...more

Past, Present and Future of the DOL Fiduciary Rule

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) fiduciary rule (“DOL Fiduciary Rule”) became applicable June 9, 2017, after an intense multiyear regulatory saga involving multiple governmental actors and virtually every mutual fund company...more

New Disability Claims Procedures

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

As we communicated in our previous advisory, the U.S. Department of Labor has issued new Disability Claims Procedures rules. The original effective date of these rules was extended with the result that the new rules are now...more

Web Exclusive: January 2018: The Top 18 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there were an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017—and if January is any...more

Unpaid Internships: Federal Law Evolving, Garden State Unchanged

by Clark Hill PLC on

In January, the Department of Labor announced that it would use a new method to determine whether interns or students working for non-profit organizations should be paid under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The DOL’s new...more

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