Final Rule to Make Pay Bonuses More Accessible Released

On May 20th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced a Final Rule that allows employers to pay bonuses or other incentive-based pay to salaried, nonexempt employees whose hours vary from week to week. The Final Rule clarifies that payments in addition to the fixed salary are compatible with […]

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COVID-Related Resources for Benefit Plans Released

On April 28th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) issued a number of items under Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to help participants and beneficiaries of employee benefit plans, and their service providers, who have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. These […]

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OSHA Releases Enforcement Guidance on Recording COVID-19 Cases

On April 10th, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued interim guidance for enforcing OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements (29 CFR Part 1904) as it relates to recording cases of COVID-19. Overview of OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements Under OSHA recordkeeping rules, many employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep […]

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Final Rule Clarifies FFCRA Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Leave Obligations

On Monday, April 6th, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule in the Federal Register interpreting the emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) and emergency family & medical leave (EFML) provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act). This latest rule offers more clarification into different parts of the […]

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Enforcement of COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law Begins April 17th, 2020

Employers struggling to comply with new COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave provisions should note that official government enforcement actions will not begin until April 17th. According to a Field Assistance Bulletin issued on March 25th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will not bring enforcement actions against any public or private employer for violations of […]

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Recent & Upcoming Compliance Deadlines and Effective Dates for Employers

As America’s business owners continue to cope with the harsh realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to lose sight of key dates and deadlines pertaining to workplace compliance.  Though federal guidelines can change, the following important effective dates and compliance deadlines have not yet been delayed or postponed due to the national health crisis: […]

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UPDATED: Key Links for Employers During the Coronavirus Health Crisis

Last Updated on 3/30/2020 As employers throughout the U.S. struggle to maintain their businesses, keep workers safe, and transition some employees to work-from-home arrangements in light of the coronavirus pandemic, various federal government agencies have posted useful resources to answer questions and provide essential guidance about relevant workplace laws and regulations. From the U.S. Department […]

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Final Rule on Joint Employer Status Takes Effect on March 16th, 2020

On January 20th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule that interprets joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule provides updated guidance for determining joint employer status when an employee performs work for his or her employer that simultaneously benefits another individual or entity, including guidance […]

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OSHA Penalties to Rise Tomorrow

According to the Inflation Adjustment Act, the Department of Labor (DOL) and its Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) each year have until Jan. 15 to adjust their penalties for inflation. Accordingly, increased penalties will take place tomorrow, Jan. 16, 2020. The new 2020 maximum OSHA penalties are as follows: Other-than-Serious: $13,494 (increased from $13,260) […]

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DOL Publishes Joint Employer Final Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) today announced a final rule to update the regulations interpreting joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The regulations have not been meaningfully updated in more than 60 years. Under the FLSA, an employee may have, in addition to his or her employer, one or more joint employers — […]

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