Wal-Mart Settles First-Ever LGBTQ Class Action Lawsuit

Wal-Mart settled the first successful LGBTQ lawsuit ever this past week when it agreed to shell out $7.5 million to lesbian and gay employees whose same-sex spouses were denied benefits between 2011 and 2013, when the retail giant changed its policy. “This class action settlement breaks new ground,” the attorneys for the plaintiffs said in […]

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Labor Secretary Stresses Apprenticeships in an ‘Age of Accelerations’

Speaking at the G-20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting today in Bad Neuenahr, Germany,  Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta emphasized his support for fostering the growth of apprenticeships, a major priority for President Trump and the Department of Labor. The secretary’s remarks were aimed at reinforcing the White House Office of American Innovation’s commitment to […]

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Labor Secretary Acosta to Germany to Study Apprenticeship Training Programs

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta is traveling to Germany to tour the BMW Group’s apprenticeship training facility in Munich and attend the G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting in Bad Neuenahr. On Wednesday, May 17, Secretary Acosta will visit the BMW Group’s headquarters and manufacturing plant to tour the automotive company’s apprenticeship training facility. The […]

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DOL Rule on Drug Testing for Unemployment Benefits Reversed

On May 10, a Congressional Resolution signed by President Trump removed an Obama-era rule limiting the right of states to enforce drug testing standards for unemployment benefits. The reversal was done under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which gives Congress 60 session days to review and overturn any announced rule or regulation. The House passed a […]

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DOL Launches HIRE Vets Medallion Program

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced it will establish the HIRE Vets Medallion Program to recognize employers who recruit, retain, and employ veterans, and who offer charitable services in support of the veteran community. The department is establishing the program under the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act, or HIRE Vets […]

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Alexander Acosta Approved as Labor Secretary

The Senate has just voted 60-38 to approve Alexander Acosta as Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL). Acosta fills the post that President Trump’s first nominee, Andrew Puzder, withdrew from under pressure about revelations in his personal life. Acosta is viewed as a more moderate secretary over Puzder, having served on the National Labor Relations Board […]

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DOL to Launch Surveys to Gauge Americans’ Retirement Planning

The Department of Labor (DOL) has filed an information request with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) titled “On the Road to Retirement Surveys” to “gather data about how people make planning and financial decisions before and during retirement, especially with regard to the information that they receive and how they respond to it.” The […]

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Overtime Rule Appeal Rescheduled for June 30

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has granted the Trump administration another extension in an appeal filed by the Obama White House over a federal court injunction blocking its proposed new overtime rule. The Trump Department of Labor (DOL) cited a lack of leadership — i.e., the nominee for Secretary of […]

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After Nearly Quarter-Century, Discrimination Case Is Settled

The Department of Labor (DOL) has settled a case that arose from a 1993 compliance review of NationsBank, N.A., that found systematic hiring violations involving African-American applicants for entry-level jobs and led to more than two decades of litigation. NationsBank merged with the Bank of America, N.A. in 1998. The review by the department’s Office […]

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Trump Signs Resolution Reversing DOL Rule on City-Run Private Retirement Plans

President Trump has signed a Congressional Resolution reversing a Department of Labor (DOL) rule allowing cities and municipalities to set up retirement plans for private businesses exempt from the rules of the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The resolution was carried out through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). A second resolution overturning a similar DOL […]

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