DOL — Under Pressure — Extends Tip Pooling Comment Period

The Department of Labor (DOL) has extended the commentary period on its proposed new tip pooling regulation by 30 days, from Jan. 4 to Feb. 3, 2018. The announcement on Tuesday came after 46 Democrats from the U.S. House of Representatives wrote in a letter to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta that repealing the rule would affect […]

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DOL Seeks Comments on Revising Its Tip Pool Regulations

The Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing to revise the agency’s 2011 tip pool regulations to allow the sharing of tips with back-of-the-house employees provided everyone is paid the minimum wage. It has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register, in which it states the agency is  “proposing to rescind the parts […]

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DOL Announces 18-Month Extension of Transition Period for Fiduciary Rule Enforcement

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced an 18-month extension from Jan. 1, 2018, to July 1, 2019, of the special Transition Period for the Fiduciary Rule’s Best Interest Contract Exemption and the Principal Transactions Exemption, and of the applicability of certain amendments to Prohibited Transaction Exemption 84-24 (PTEs). This follows public comment on a […]

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DOL Delays Compliance Deadline for ERISA Disability Benefits Procedure

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a 90-day delay – through April 1, 2018 – of the applicability date for ERISA plans to comply with a final rule amending the claims procedure requirements applicable to disability benefits. The three-month delay of the applicability date announced Nov. 24 is intended to give interested stakeholders the […]

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DOL Releases Five-Year Strategic Plan Focusing on Job Training and Creation

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released its Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018-2022 with an emphasis on “jobs, more jobs and even more jobs,” in the words of Secretary Alexander Acosta. In his “Secretary’s Message” prefacing the document, Acosta writes: “Our nation’s greatest resource is the American workforce. The strategic plan outlines how we […]

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In New Twist, DOL Will Appeal Court Injunction Against Obama Overtime Rule

After dropping the Obama-era appeal of an injunction against that administration’s proposed overtime rule, sources say the Department of Labor (DOL) is poised to return to court to argue against the permanent injunction issued this summer by Judge Amos Mazzant. The reason appears to be to preserve the use of a salary threshold in determining […]

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National Apprenticeship Week Set for Nov. 13-19

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today announced that the third annual National Apprenticeship Week will be held November 13-19, 2017. Apprenticeships provide demand-driven education, allowing apprentices to earn while they learn – helping to close the skills gap between the skills job creators seek and job seekers need. “Expanding apprenticeships across all industries is a […]

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The Incredible Shrinking Labor Department

Over the past 12 months, the Department of Labor (DOL) has lost 4.7 percent of its workforce to attrition and retirements, according to data released by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), as detailed by Bloomberg News. The DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has been hit even harder, with a 9 percent reduction in […]

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DOL Announces Members of Task Force on Appenticeship Expansion

Following President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order “Expanding Apprenticeships in America,” Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today announced members of the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. The Task Force — representing companies, trade and industry groups, educational institutions, and labor unions — brings to the table substantial workforce development experience in addressing the nation’s […]

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Trump Issues Executive Order to ‘Fix’ Obamacare

As anticipated, President Trump today signed an Executive Order that, once fully implemented, will give consumers new options for health insurance and expand employer-funder Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). The executive action orders the Department of Labor (DOL) to look into ways of expanding Association Health Plans (AHPs) that can sell policies across state lines and […]

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