DOL Looking to Update Child Labor Regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing revisions to child labor regulations that it hopes will strengthen the safety requirements for young workers employed in agriculture and related fields. The agricultural hazardous occupations orders under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that bar young workers from certain tasks have not been updated since they […]

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DOL to Revamp, Strengthen Whistleblower Protection Program

After critical audits by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in 2009 and 2010, the Department of Labor (DOL) is implementing several measures to enhance its Whistleblower Protection Program. The federal whistleblower provisions consist of 21 statutes protecting employees who report violations of various workplace safety, airline, commercial motor carrier, consumer product, environmental, financial reform, food […]

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EBSA Extends Compliance Dates for Retirement Plan Fee Disclosure Rules

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has extended compliance dates for two rules relating to retirement plan fee disclosures. First, the EBSA final rule extends the applicability date of the fiduciary-level fee disclosure rule of July 16, 2010, to April 1, 2012. This rule enhances the information that service providers must provide plan fiduciaries. Second, […]

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DOL Reports Busy Agenda for the Remainder of 2011

In its semi-annual report to Congress on its upcoming agenda, the Department of Labor (DOL) revealed that the Occupational Safety (OSHA) and Health Administration and the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) will be finishing up some far-reaching rule-making decisions. OSHA is busy revising its Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2), a program that will affect […]

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OSHA Switch from SIC to NAICS Adds, Subtracts from Reporting List

In filing a notice in the Federal Register to switch from using the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is thus freeing many businesses from injury and illness reporting while adding even more businesses to the required list. OSHA uses Days […]

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DOL Conducting East Coast Farm Sweep for Labor Violations

Beginning in Homestead, Fla., in March, the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has been conducting an agricultural labor law compliance sweep up the East Coast of America, already recovering $670,770 in back wages and assessing $128,850 in fines. The sweep so far has netted 20 farms, packing houses and other agricultural operations. […]

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DOL Inspector General Criticizes OSHA in Congressional Report

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued its Semiannual Report to Congress for the six-month period ending March 31, 2011, taking aiming at OSHA for its "inability to best target its resources and measure the impact of its efforts." The report is based in part on an OIG […]

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EBSA Set to Extend Start Date for Fee Disclosure Rules

Following an announcement in February of its intent to push back the applicability date for two new fee disclosure rules. the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) took public commentary (mostly favorable) and now appears ready to publish the extension in the Federal Register tomorrow (June 1, 2011). The original applicability date was set for July […]

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Auto-Enrollment Pushes 401(k) Participation to Record Level

After Congress passed legislation in 2006 to make it easier for businesses to auto-enroll new employees in their companies' 401(k) defined-contribution plans,  the overall participation rate has gone up to 75.8 percent from 67.2 percent in 2005, according to a study to Aon Hewitt Inc. Though 60 percent of the 120 companies analyzed are now […]

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DOL Offers Employees Free Timesheet Smartphone App

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the launch of its first application for smartphones, a timesheet to help employees independently track the hours they work and determine the wages they are owed. With both English and Spanish versions, users can conveniently track regular work hours, break time and any overtime hours for one […]

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