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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Labor and Justice Departments to Crack Down on Visa Abuse by Employers

The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Labor (DOL) have expanded their collaboration to better protect U.S. workers from discrimination by employers who prefer to hire temporary visa workers over qualified U.S. workers. This new partnership, finalized in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), establishes protocols for the agencies […]

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Short-Term Health Plans to Be Offered Beginning in October

The departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor (DOL) and the Treasury (DOT) today issued a final rule allowing for the sale and renewal of short-term, limited-duration health plans that cover longer periods than the previous maximum period of less than three months. Such coverage can now cover an initial period of less than […]

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New York Leads Attorney General Coalition Fighting AHPs

Twelve “blue state” attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, are taking the Trump administration to court over its final rule allowing the creation of newly invigorated Association Health Plans (AHPs). The coalition is targeting a final rule issued by the Department of Labor (DOL), which loosens and expands the definition of […]

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