DOL Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to FMLA Forms

The Department of Labor (DOL) and its Wage and Hour Division (WHD) are seeking public comments through Oct. 4 on proposed changes to the forms used for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. According to the DOL, the goal in revising the forms is to increase compliance with the FMLA, improve customer service, and […]

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Proposed Overtime Rule Heads to White House

The Department of Labor (DOL) is sending its proposed new overtime rule to the White House today for review by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) just five months after initiating the regulatory process. The rule, as initially proposed, would raise the overtime salary exemption threshold to $35,308 a year, up from the […]

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DOL Issues Rule on Association Retirement Plans (ARPs)

The Department of Labor (DOL) today announced a rule to help strengthen retirement security for millions of small business employees across America. The rule makes it easier for small businesses to offer retirement savings plans to their workers through Association Retirement Plans (ARPs), which would allow small businesses to band together to offer retirement plans to […]

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DOL Issues NPRM for Long-Awaited Apprenticeship Program

Two years after an executive order by President Trump asked the Department of Labor (DOL) to develop an apprenticeship program, the department this morning finally announced it had issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to accomplish that very goal. The NPRM, according to the department, establishes a process for the U.S. Department of Labor […]

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New Rules Could Shake Up Employment-Based Health Insurance

The Trump administration is rolling out rules that will allow employers to fund Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) so that their employees can purchase health insurance on their own. The rules, which take effect on Jan. 1, 2020, are currently being finalized by the departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services. The rules follow […]

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OSHA Nominee Withdraws on Cusp of Confirmation

Scott Mungo, poised to win confirmation as administrator of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after a wait of 17 months, abruptly withdrew his name from nomination on Tuesday. No reason immediately surfaced. The Senate was set to take a final vote on his nomination in the next few weeks. Mungo retired from FedEx […]

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DOL: No Support ‘at This Time’ for Federal Minimum Wage Hike

While Democrats in both houses of Congress are drafting legislation to basically double the federal minimum wage — from $7.25 to $15 an hour — Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alexander Acosta told legislators that “we do not support a change in the federal minimum wage at this time.” Appearing before a hearing by the […]

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DOL Opinion Letter Offers Definition of Independent Contractor in Gig Economy

The  Department of Labor (DOL) announced today that it has issued a new opinion letter that addresses compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) on how a particular law applies in specific circumstances presented by the […]

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DOL Proposes Revised Joint Employer Definition

The Department of Labor (DOL) today announced a proposed rule to revise and clarify the responsibilities of employers and joint employers to employees in joint employer arrangements. The department has not meaningfully revised its joint employer regulation since 1958. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) allows joint employer situations where an employer and a joint […]

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Judge Strikes Down Expansion of Association Health Plans (AHPs)

In the same week that the Trump administration doubled down on its legal opposition to Obamacare, a federal judge Thursday blocked as an “end-run” around the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) the expansion of Association Health Plans (AHPs) sought by the administration. U.S. District Judge John Bates sided with the arguments […]

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