DOL Releases Five-Year Strategic Plan Focusing on Job Training and Creation

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released its Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018-2022 with an emphasis on “jobs, more jobs and even more jobs,” in the words of Secretary Alexander Acosta. In his “Secretary’s Message” prefacing the document, Acosta writes: “Our nation’s greatest resource is the American workforce. The strategic plan outlines how we […]

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In New Twist, DOL Will Appeal Court Injunction Against Obama Overtime Rule

After dropping the Obama-era appeal of an injunction against that administration’s proposed overtime rule, sources say the Department of Labor (DOL) is poised to return to court to argue against the permanent injunction issued this summer by Judge Amos Mazzant. The reason appears to be to preserve the use of a salary threshold in determining […]

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National Apprenticeship Week Set for Nov. 13-19

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today announced that the third annual National Apprenticeship Week will be held November 13-19, 2017. Apprenticeships provide demand-driven education, allowing apprentices to earn while they learn – helping to close the skills gap between the skills job creators seek and job seekers need. “Expanding apprenticeships across all industries is a […]

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The Incredible Shrinking Labor Department

Over the past 12 months, the Department of Labor (DOL) has lost 4.7 percent of its workforce to attrition and retirements, according to data released by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), as detailed by Bloomberg News. The DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has been hit even harder, with a 9 percent reduction in […]

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DOL Announces Members of Task Force on Appenticeship Expansion

Following President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order “Expanding Apprenticeships in America,” Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today announced members of the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. The Task Force — representing companies, trade and industry groups, educational institutions, and labor unions — brings to the table substantial workforce development experience in addressing the nation’s […]

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Trump Issues Executive Order to ‘Fix’ Obamacare

As anticipated, President Trump today signed an Executive Order that, once fully implemented, will give consumers new options for health insurance and expand employer-funder Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). The executive action orders the Department of Labor (DOL) to look into ways of expanding Association Health Plans (AHPs) that can sell policies across state lines and […]

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Trump Vows to Use His Pen to Fix Obamacare

In what has been rumored for weeks, President Trump is set to move on reforms in the health insurance marketplace Obamacare by using the power of the executive order. He tweeted this morning: “Since Congress can’t get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare […]

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Interim Final Rules Provide Religious, Moral Exemptions to Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor this week announced two companion interim final rules that provide conscience protections to Americans who have a religious or moral objection to paying for health insurance that covers contraceptive/abortifacient services. Obamacare-compliant health insurance plans are required to cover “preventive services,” a term defined through regulation. […]

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DOL Announces Theme for National Disability Awareness Month

 The Department of Labor (DOL) is celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month throughout October. The department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) previously announced the month-long theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” “This October, we celebrate the contributions and achievements of Americans with disabilities as part of the American workforce,” said Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “As […]

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District Court Trumps Appeals Court on Obama Overtime Rule

A month before the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals was to consider the preliminary injunction against the Obama-era overtime rule raising the salary threshold for exemption to $47,476 a year, the Texas District Court that issued the preliminary injunction against the rule made it permanent. This means the process must start all over again, […]

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