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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New Overtime Rule Takes Effect Today

New Year’s Day ushers in a new Department of Labor (DOL) overtime rule, which raises the salary exemption threshold from $23,660 a year to $35,568, or from $455 a week to $684. Those employees making less than that new amount are eligible for overtime pay. According to a DOL senior official, the new exemption threshold […]

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DOL Issues Final Rule on Regular Rate of Pay

The Department of Labor has announced a final rule that will allow employers to more easily offer perks and benefits to their employees. The rule released today marks the first significant update to the regulations governing regular rate requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in over 50 years. Those requirements define what forms of […]

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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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