DOL Issues Holiday Warnings to Employers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) remind employers to protect worker safety and pay during the holiday season. “During the busy holiday season, employers must focus on protecting their workers by anticipating and preventing potential hazards in the workplace,” said Principal Deputy […]

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Agencies Propose Health Insurance Price-Transparency Rules

The Departments of Labor (DOL) and Health and Human Services (HHS), together with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), have proposed rules that would require employer-sponsored health plans to provide enrollees with out-of-pocket expense estimates. The rules work in tandem to achieve what the DOL describes as requiring “group health plans and health insurance issuers in […]

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EEOC Joins the Joint Employer Fray

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is set to issue a rule next month defining a “joint employer” relationship, according to the federal government’s fall regulatory agenda released today. The Department of Labor (DOL) and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are already working on their own joint employer definitions. The EEOC says its upcoming rule […]

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DOL Issues Fluctuating Work Week Proposal

The Department of Labor (DOL) and its Wage and Hour Division (WHD) today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would allow job creators to offer bonuses or other incentive-based pay to employees whose hours vary from week to week. The proposal would revise the regulation for computing overtime compensation for salaried, non-exempt employees who […]

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DOL Recovers Record $322M in Lost Wages

The Department of Labor (DOL) today announced that the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recovered a record $322 million in wages owed to workers in Fiscal Year 2019. WHD also set a new record for compliance assistance events in FY 2019, holding more than 3,700 educational outreach events – including on-the-ground presentations and training sessions […]

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DOL Proposes to Allow Electronic Retirement Plan Disclosures

Consistent with President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order 13487, Strengthening Retirement Security in America, the Department of Labor (DOL) today announced a proposed rule to allow online retirement plan disclosures to reduce printing and mail expenses for job creators and make disclosures more readily accessible and useful for America’s workers. Reflecting modern internet technology, the proposal […]

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DOL Proposes Tip Credit Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule for tip provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) implementing provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (CAA). The proposal will also codify existing Wage and Hour Division (WHD) guidance into a rule. The CAA prohibits employers from keeping employees’ tips. During the development […]

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Final Rule Published on Drug Testing for UI Benefits

The Department of Labor (DOL) today published a final rule that provides greater clarity and flexibility to states as they identify the occupations for which they will conduct drug testing in the unemployment insurance (UI) program. “The flexibility offered in the new rule respects state differences with regard to employment drug testing across our country,” […]

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DOL’s PAID Program Nets 7,500 Employees Back Wages

Since its launch as a trial initiative in April 2018, the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program of the Department of Labor (DOL) has witnessed 74 employers voluntarily step forward to award back wages to some 7,500 employees to the tune of $4 million. PAID is an employer self-audit program. If a company audit turns […]

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Association Retirement Plans (ARPs) Take Effect Today

A final rule issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) in July allowing for companies to more easily establish Multiple-Employer Plans (MEPs) to offer retirement benefits takes effect today, Sept. 30. The Trump DOL is now calling these collective efforts Association Retirement Plans (ARPs), explaining: Under the rule, ARPs could be offered by associations of […]

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