DOL Takes Rare Budgetary Haircut

President Trump today signed into law a “minibus” federal funding measure that keeps the full government running through Dec. 7 while finalizing budgets for some agencies, including the Department of Labor (DOL), which lost $128 million in budgeting from FY 2018. In addition to the DOL and its $12.1 billion FY 2019 budget, the National […]

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WHD Targets Hotel Industry for Compliance with H-2B Visa Program

To ensure compliance with federal wage laws, the Department of Labor (DOL) and its Wage and Hour Division (WHD) are conducting a nationwide initiative to strengthen compliance with the labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program in the hotel industry. The initiative includes providing compliance assistance tools and information to employers and stakeholders, as […]

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The First Labor Day: Pride, Chaos and Kegs

On the morning of Sept. 5, 1882, a crowd of spectators filled the sidewalks of lower Manhattan near city hall and along Broadway. They had come early, well before the Labor Day parade marchers, to claim the best vantage points from which to view the first Labor Day parade. A newspaper account of the day […]

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FMLA Forms Now Good Through 2021

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the reissuing of all Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms with a new expiration date of Aug. 31, 2021. The previous forms had expired on May 31 due to the Paperwork Reduction Act, which requires all government forms to be reviewed, re-approved and reissued (or […]

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Labor Department Launches Apprenticeship.gov

The Department of Labor (DOL) today announced the launch of a new digital platform, Apprenticeship.gov, featuring an Apprenticeship Finder tool that offers career seekers a platform to search for apprenticeships by city, state and occupation, as well as connects job seekers to high-skilled, high-paying careers. The Apprenticeship Finder, a no-cost tool for both employers and career […]

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DOL Launches Office of Compliance Initiatives

The Department of Labor (DOL) has launched what it’s calling the Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI). Coordinated by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, this cross-agency effort aims to complement the department’s enforcement activities by strengthening and innovating compliance assistance outreach, according to the agency. Part of this initiative is the launch of […]

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DOL Releases New Opinion Letters Regarding FLSA, FMLA

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) today announced it has issued six new opinion letters, which it says “demonstrates the agency’s continued commitment to providing meaningful compliance assistance to help employees understand their rights and ensure that employers have the information they need to comply with federal labor laws.” […]

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DOL to Hold Listening Sessions on Revamp to Overtime Rule

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that in the upcoming weeks it will hold public listening sessions to gather views on the Part 541 white collar exemption regulations, often referred to as the “Overtime Rule.” Issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), these regulations implement exemptions from overtime […]

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Lawmakers Press DOL for Joint Employer Definition

Two Congressmen have written Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alex Acosta asking his agency to clarify a binding definition of joint employer, which the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is also toiling over via the final rule route. But Secretary Acosta is no fan of the regulatory process, believing Congress should be responsible in these […]

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When It Comes to Short-Term Health Plans, Some States Just Say No

While the Trump administration has rolled out a plan to make available short-term health insurance policies, up from the current 90 days to 12 months in duration, some states have already said they don’t want any part of it. Since the plans don’t have to include all the essential health benefits (EHBs) of the Affordable […]

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