DOL Launches New Online Compliance Resources

The Department of Labor (DOL) today announced the launch of the New and Small Business Assistance and the Compliance Assistance Toolkits webpages. These new online tools assist American small businesses and workers with simple, straightforward resources that provide critical Wage and Hour Division (WHD) information, as well as links to other resources, according to the announcement of the launch. […]

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Proposed New Overtime Rules Now Due in March

The Department of Labor (DOL) initially said it expected to release a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on overtime in January, but in its just-released fall regulatory agenda, that date has been pushed back until March. The agenda says the NPRM “will propose an updated salary level for exemption and seek the public’s view on […]

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DOL Offers Compliance Assistance for Association Health Plans

The Department of Labor (DOL) has added compliance assistance materials on Association Health Plans (AHPs) to its new Employer.gov website that will help job creators and plan sponsors understand their Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) obligations when setting up and managing AHPs. A recent final rule published by the department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration […]

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Gig Economy Shrinking, DOL Says

The percentage of Americans working in the gig economy has shrunk to 10.1 today from 10.7 in 2005, the Department of Labor (DOL) claims in an unreleased June study, according to Bloomberg Law. The report seems to contradict other assessments that put gig workers at 33 percent of the American workforce. The DOL report, however, […]

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DOL Takes Rare Budgetary Haircut

President Trump today signed into law a “minibus” federal funding measure that keeps the full government running through Dec. 7 while finalizing budgets for some agencies, including the Department of Labor (DOL), which lost $128 million in budgeting from FY 2018. In addition to the DOL and its $12.1 billion FY 2019 budget, the National […]

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WHD Targets Hotel Industry for Compliance with H-2B Visa Program

To ensure compliance with federal wage laws, the Department of Labor (DOL) and its Wage and Hour Division (WHD) are conducting a nationwide initiative to strengthen compliance with the labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program in the hotel industry. The initiative includes providing compliance assistance tools and information to employers and stakeholders, as […]

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The First Labor Day: Pride, Chaos and Kegs

On the morning of Sept. 5, 1882, a crowd of spectators filled the sidewalks of lower Manhattan near city hall and along Broadway. They had come early, well before the Labor Day parade marchers, to claim the best vantage points from which to view the first Labor Day parade. A newspaper account of the day […]

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FMLA Forms Now Good Through 2021

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the reissuing of all Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms with a new expiration date of Aug. 31, 2021. The previous forms had expired on May 31 due to the Paperwork Reduction Act, which requires all government forms to be reviewed, re-approved and reissued (or […]

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Labor Department Launches Apprenticeship.gov

The Department of Labor (DOL) today announced the launch of a new digital platform, Apprenticeship.gov, featuring an Apprenticeship Finder tool that offers career seekers a platform to search for apprenticeships by city, state and occupation, as well as connects job seekers to high-skilled, high-paying careers. The Apprenticeship Finder, a no-cost tool for both employers and career […]

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DOL Launches Office of Compliance Initiatives

The Department of Labor (DOL) has launched what it’s calling the Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI). Coordinated by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, this cross-agency effort aims to complement the department’s enforcement activities by strengthening and innovating compliance assistance outreach, according to the agency. Part of this initiative is the launch of […]

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