Interim Final Rule Released Reforming Foreign Worker Program Wages

On October 6th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) amending prevailing wage regulations. Specifically, the final rule helps protect wages and job opportunities by reforming the methodology used in several foreign worker programs.  Overview of the Interim Final Rule The IFR is the result of an extensive review […]

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Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules on Regular Rate of Pay Burden

On September 2nd, 2020, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that employees, not employers, bear the burden of proof on whether bonuses should be included in the “regular rate of pay” for purposes of calculating overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Background on Court Case In Edwards v. 4JLJ, L.L.C., the […]

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Department of Labor Issues Rule Providing Access to Agency Guidance

On August 21st, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the publication of its Promoting Regulatory Openness through Good Guidance Rule (PRO Good Guidance Rule). The rule, which implements Executive Order 13891 (Promoting the Rule of Law through Improved Agency Guidance Documents) seeks to create fairer procedures for the issuance and use of regulatory […]

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Guidance Released on Employers’ Obligations to Track Teleworker Hours

Since the beginning of the global COVID-19 pandemic, many employers have started telework arrangements with their workers. These arrangements have included allowing workers to work from home to meet government stay-at-home and social distancing orders. On August 24th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued guidance entitled Field Assistance […]

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DOL Issues Five New  Wage & Hour Opinion Letters

On June 25th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the publication of five new wage & hour opinion letters that address compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) on how a particular law applies […]

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