DOL’s Acosta Argues for More Funding for His Department Because ‘Laws Matter’

During a hearing before a Senate subcommittee, Secretary Alexander Acosta argued for increased funding for the Department of Labor because, among other things, “laws matter” and the department needs additional inspectors, especially for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In seeking his request, Acosta told the Senators that “laws matter. They have been passed […]

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WHD Opinion Letters Address FLSA and Other Issues

The  Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) announced today that it has issued three new opinion letters. “The Department of Labor has committed to protect employees, enforce the law, and ensure employers have the tools for compliance,” said Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “American job creators and employees deserve to […]

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PAID Wage Resolution Program Launches

With little fanfare (i.e., no announcement on its website), the Department of Labor (DOL) has launched its Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program, a voluntary initiative where companies can seek assistance in resolving wage-and-hour issues including back pay and overtime. Politico, the online magazine, claims a DOL spokesperson confirmed that PAID is launching today, April 3, […]

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New Rule on Disability Benefit Claims Goes into Effect Today

Following a 90-day delay to solicit comments, today (April 1, 2018) is the applicability date for employee benefit plans to comply with a final rule under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) that will give America’s workers new procedural protections when dealing with plan fiduciaries and insurance providers who deny their claims for disability […]

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Iowa to Launch Association Health Plans: Will Others Follow?

A bill has landed on Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’s desk that will enable small businesses to band together to form association health plans that are exempt from the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She is expected to sign it. The bill merges two legislative efforts to sidetrack the ACA and provide less expensive […]

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DOL Touts Benefits from Federal Budget Reconciliation Measure

The $1.3 trillion federal budget (good till the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30), signed by President Trump on March 23, includes targeted spending for the Department of Labor (DOL). Key Provisions in Omnibus Appropriations Bill: Apprenticeships: Apprenticeship is a proven workforce development strategy that helps Americans both earn wages and learn skills. […]

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Obamacare Subsidies, Tip-Pooling Wage Theft Out in Federal Budget Deal

BREAKING: The Senate approved the House version in the wee hours of Friday, March 23, and President Trump signed the measure the next day, averting a government shutdown. The bill funding the federal government through September still faces a stiff deadline of Friday at midnight ET, but at least the details are now becoming clear: […]

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Chipotle Workers Challenge Overtime Rule Injunction — and Now Must Pay

A group of Chipotle workers in New Jersey filed suit to be paid under the Obama overtime rule that raised the exemption threshold to $47,476 a year, and U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant — who issued a permanent injunction against the rule — wasn’t too pleased. He ordered them to go back to work and […]

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DOL Launches Pilot Program to Help Fight Opioid Crisis

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has announced a new National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grant pilot program to help communities fight the opioid crisis. The Department of Labor (DOL) will initially fund seven to ten pilot programs with awards totaling $21 million. Secretary Acosta made the announcement during a visit to the Maryhaven Stabilization […]

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Circuit Courts Split on Validity of DOL Fiduciary Rule

The Obama-era Fiduciary Rule, requiring retirement investment advisers to place their clients’ interests first, underwent a mixed week of results in U.S. circuit courts of appeals. A few days ago, the 10th Circuit Court affirmed the rule, and yesterday the 5th Circuit deemed it “arbitrary and capricious” and vacated the rule in toto. The 5th […]

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