DOL Begins Process of Defining Independent Contractor Status

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DOL Rescinds the Persuader Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) has rescinded the 2016 Persuader Rule, which exceeded the authority of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), according to its press release. The Persuader Rule impinged on attorney-client privilege by requiring confidential information to be part of disclosures and was strongly condemned by many stakeholders, including the American Bar […]

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Las Vegas Chamber Reviving Its Association Health Plan

The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce is reviving its once-thriving association health plan (AHP) under new rules released by the Department of Labor (DOL). Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the chamber’s AHP served  some 20,000 members for nearly 30 years but was forced out of business because it didn’t meet the new […]

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DOL Targets $47M in Grants to Help Homeless Vets Get Jobs

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has announced the award of 163 Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) grants totaling $47,600,000. This funding will provide workforce reintegration services to more than 18,000 homeless veterans. “While serving in the military, veterans learn many skills desired in today’s workforce,” said Secretary Acosta. “These grants will help thousands of homeless […]

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White House Proposes Merging of Labor and Education Departments

In a long-rumored move, President Trump during a White House staff meeting today proposed merging the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Education (DOE) into a single branch to be known as the Department of Education and the Workforce. Efforts in the past to do similar agency reshuffling have been ignored by the Congress, which must […]

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DOL Issues Final Rule on Association Health Plans (AHPs)

The Department of Labor (DOL) today issued a final rule expanding the definition of employer under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to enable the formation of Association Health Plans (AHPs) that can span cities, counties and states. Phase-in begins on Sept. 1, 2018. The final rule states: This document contains a final regulation […]

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DOL Launches Apprenticeship.gov Website

The Department of Labor (DOL) today announced the launch of Apprenticeship.gov. Apprenticeship.gov delivers on the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion’s recommendation to “compile apprenticeship information in a single, online, centralized website.” The website will evolve into a robust one-stop platform to connect job seekers, job creators, training providers, parents, teachers, and federal and local workforce agencies […]

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DOL Fiduciary Rule Now Officially Dead

The scant remaining life support for the Fiduciary Rule crafted by the Obama Department of Labor (DOL) ran out yesterday as the Trump administration declined to ask the Supreme Court to review an injunction blocking the rule’s implementation. In March, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-to-1, vote vacated the rule, saying […]

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All FMLA Forms Expire Tonight, But They’re Still Good

The seven forms and notices published by the Department of Labor (DOL) for the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) expire tonight (May 31) at midnight, but a spokesperson says the documents are still good while permission for issuing newly dated versions is being obtained. According to a spokesperson, a request to reissue the forms […]

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5th Circuit Court Denies Appeal of Its Decision on the DOL Fiduciary Rule

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which in March ruled the Department of Labor (DOL) had overstepped its authority in issuing its Fiduciary Rule, has now rebuffed a second appeal of that decision filed by the attorneys general of California, New York and Oregon. The three-judge panel hearing the appeal also refused to refer […]

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