DOL Proposal Allows More Flexibility in Drug Testing

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that loosens the standards for drug testing for unemployment compensation (UC). In 2017, Congress passed, and the President signed, a resolution of disapproval revoking a 2016 rule that imposed a one-size-fits-all approach on states with regard to identifying occupations for regular drug […]

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DOL Launches Benefits Compliance Tools

Join thousands of other Personnel Concepts customers in gaining access to our Digital Workplace Compliance Library (DWCL), which contains manuals and guides for virtually every compliance challenge facing businesses in the U.S. — WATCH THE VIDEO The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) of the Department of Labor (DOL) has developed compliance assistance resources to help […]

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Proposed Rule Allows Employees to Purchase Health Insurance with HRAs

Join thousands of other Personnel Concepts customers in gaining access to our Digital Workplace Compliance Library (DWCL), which contains manuals and guides for virtually every compliance challenge facing businesses in the U.S. — WATCH THE VIDEO The Departments of the Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Labor today issued a proposed regulation that expands the […]

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DOL Launches New Online Compliance Resources

The Department of Labor (DOL) today announced the launch of the New and Small Business Assistance and the Compliance Assistance Toolkits webpages. These new online tools assist American small businesses and workers with simple, straightforward resources that provide critical Wage and Hour Division (WHD) information, as well as links to other resources, according to the announcement of the launch. […]

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Proposed New Overtime Rules Now Due in March

The Department of Labor (DOL) initially said it expected to release a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on overtime in January, but in its just-released fall regulatory agenda, that date has been pushed back until March. The agenda says the NPRM “will propose an updated salary level for exemption and seek the public’s view on […]

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DOL Offers Compliance Assistance for Association Health Plans

The Department of Labor (DOL) has added compliance assistance materials on Association Health Plans (AHPs) to its new Employer.gov website that will help job creators and plan sponsors understand their Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) obligations when setting up and managing AHPs. A recent final rule published by the department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration […]

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Gig Economy Shrinking, DOL Says

The percentage of Americans working in the gig economy has shrunk to 10.1 today from 10.7 in 2005, the Department of Labor (DOL) claims in an unreleased June study, according to Bloomberg Law. The report seems to contradict other assessments that put gig workers at 33 percent of the American workforce. The DOL report, however, […]

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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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