DOL Issues Final Rule on Association Health Plans (AHPs)

The Department of Labor (DOL) today issued a final rule expanding the definition of employer under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to enable the form Association Health Plans (AHPs) that can span cities, counties and states. The final rule states: This document contains a final regulation under Title I of the Employee Retirement Income […]

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DOL Launches Apprenticeship.Gov Website

The Department of Labor (DOL) today announced the launch of Apprenticeship.gov. Apprenticeship.gov delivers on the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion’s recommendation to “compile apprenticeship information in a single, online, centralized website.” The website will evolve into a robust one-stop platform to connect job seekers, job creators, training providers, parents, teachers, and federal and local workforce agencies […]

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DOL Fiduciary Rule Now Officially Dead

The scant remaining life support for the Fiduciary Rule crafted by the Obama Department of Labor (DOL) ran out yesterday as the Trump administration declined to ask the Supreme Court to review an injunction blocking the rule’s implementation. In March, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-to-1, vote vacated the rule, saying […]

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All FMLA Forms Expire Tonight, But They’re Still Good

The seven forms and notices published by the Department of Labor (DOL) for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) expire tonight (May 31) at midnight, but a spokesperson says the documents are still good while permission for issuing newly dated versions is being obtained. According to a spokesperson, a request to reissue the forms […]

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5th Circuit Court Denies Appeal of Its Decision on the DOL Fiduciary Rule

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which in March ruled the Department of Labor (DOL) had overstepped its authority in issuing its Fiduciary Rule, has now rebuffed a second appeal of that decision filed by the attorneys general of California, New York and Oregon. The three-judge panel hearing the appeal also refused to refer […]

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Unified Regulatory Agenda Reveals Trump Administration Priorities

The Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, released this past week, reveals a compendium of actions — and reversals of actions — that the Trump administration’s various agencies hope to carry out in the coming months, not the least of which is a revisit to and revision of the Obama overtime rule that is […]

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DOL to Push Overtime Rulemaking Back into 2019

In its latest regulatory agenda, the Department of Labor (DOL) confirms that its effort at creating a new overtime rule to replace the one now under a nationwide injunction is being pushed into 2019 from its original October 2018 deadline. In late November 2015, a federal district judge put a temporary hold on the Obama […]

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DOL Issues Instructions on Enforcing Fiduciary Rule Following Court’s Vacating It

Today, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) concerning the fiduciary — or conflict of interest — rule vacated by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in March and becoming effective this week. The department had previously announced a grace field for enforcement dating from the implementation of the rule […]

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National Safety Stand-Down Begins Monday

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold its annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls May 7-11. The event encourages companies and workers to pause during the workday for topical discussions, safety demonstrations, and training in hazard recognition and fall prevention. Deputy Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella will attend a national kick-off event on May […]

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SEC Votes on Its Own Proposed Fiduciary Rule

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Wednesday, April 18, voted 4-1 on a proposed fiduciary rule that sets standards of conduct, additional disclosure requirements and restrictions on advisor/broker titles. The vote comes a month after the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a hotly contested fiduciary rule by the Department of Labor (DOL) […]

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