EEOC and OFCCP Sign New MOU on Joint Discrimination Case Jurisdiction

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) have signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) to settle jurisdictional issues that arise when overlapping discrimination claims are filed. Generally, this occurs when the discrimination charge reported to the OFCCP involves violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights […]

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EBSA Creates New Consumer Web Page for Benefits Assistance

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has created a new consumer assistance Web page that provides easy access to useful information and allows users to submit questions and complaints about health and retirement plans electronically. "Helping retirement and health plan participants find answers to questions about their benefits and providing assistance […]

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DOL Extends Commentary Period on New Child Labor Regulations

The public commentary period on new child labor regulations for youths working on and around farms proposed by the Department of Labor (DOL) in early September has been extended a full month to Dec. 1, 2011. The extension was granted by the Obama administration after U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts of Kansas and […]

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OSHA Head Can’t Give Timeline on Proposed I2P2 Standard

Speaking as one of the keynoters at the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo in Philadelphia today, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) chief David Michaels spent a lot of time defending OSHA regulations as not being "job-killers" and then admitted that the one proposed OSHA regulation drawing the most flak—the Injury and Illness […]

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Small Businesses Can Now Offer Investment Advice

With a new rule issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) this past week, small business owners will now be allowed to offer investment advice to employees on their 401(k), IRA or other retirement vehicles. Small businesses that offer retirement plans were previously barred from giving investment advice since, as fiduciaries, offering advice would be […]

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DOL Partners With Facebook to Help Job Seekers

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis unveiled an innovative partnership via a live Web stream on Thursday (Oct. 20, 2011) that brings together the U.S. Labor Department, Facebook, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, the DirectEmployers Association and the National Association of Colleges and Employers. In addition, Facebook debuted a new Social Jobs Partnership page that […]

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OSHA Offers Heat Index App for Android Smartphones

On the heels of its time-keeping smartphone app for tracking hours worked, the Department of Labor (DOL) is now introducing a smartphone app to measure the heat index at a work site. It is available now for Android operating systems, with apps promised soon for the iPhone and Blackberry. The app allows workers and supervisors […]

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DOL Withdraws Its Fiduciary Re-Definition but Plans to Resubmit It, Modified

The Department of Labor (DOL) has temporarily withdrawn its proposed new definition of a fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) of 1974—one that would have embraced even realtors—but still plans to modify and reissue the definition next year. Under the proposed regulations, a person rendering advice on an ERISA plan would have […]

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OSHA Extends Commentary Period on Proposed Injury-Illness Reporting Rule

At the request of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is extending by 30 days the public commentary period on its proposed new injury and illness reporting requirement. The proposed rule would shrink the number of industries exempt from OSHA's injury and illness reporting requirements and would also […]

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IRS Establishes Worker Misclassification Amnesty Program

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has commenced a program by which companies can admit to having misclassified workers as independent contractors and settle up by paying a portion of back taxes owed, thereby avoiding most penalties and fees assessed during an audit. There are strings attached, of course. The company applying for the amnesty cannot […]

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