New Employer Guidance Released on COVID-19 Testing, Leave, and Salary

On July 20th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published additional COVID-19 guidance for employers on how the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) affect workplaces as they reopen during the global coronavirus pandemic. The newly updated […]

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Department of Labor Seeks Input on Family and Medical Leave

On July 16th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced that it was starting to take significant steps to streamline optional-use forms that workers can use to request, and employers can use to coordinate, leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Additionally, on July 17th, the WHD published […]

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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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Final Rule to Make Pay Bonuses More Accessible Released

On May 20th, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced a Final Rule that allows employers to pay bonuses or other incentive-based pay to salaried, nonexempt employees whose hours vary from week to week. The Final Rule clarifies that payments in addition to the fixed salary are compatible with […]

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DOL Issues Holiday Warnings to Employers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) remind employers to protect worker safety and pay during the holiday season. “During the busy holiday season, employers must focus on protecting their workers by anticipating and preventing potential hazards in the workplace,” said Principal Deputy […]

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DOL Issues Fluctuating Work Week Proposal

The Department of Labor (DOL) and its Wage and Hour Division (WHD) today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would allow job creators to offer bonuses or other incentive-based pay to employees whose hours vary from week to week. The proposal would revise the regulation for computing overtime compensation for salaried, non-exempt employees who […]

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DOL’s PAID Program Nets 7,500 Employees Back Wages

Since its launch as a trial initiative in April 2018, the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program of the Department of Labor (DOL) has witnessed 74 employers voluntarily step forward to award back wages to some 7,500 employees to the tune of $4 million. PAID is an employer self-audit program. If a company audit turns […]

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DOL Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to FMLA Forms

The Department of Labor (DOL) and its Wage and Hour Division (WHD) are seeking public comments through Oct. 4 on proposed changes to the forms used for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. According to the DOL, the goal in revising the forms is to increase compliance with the FMLA, improve customer service, and […]

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DOL Opinion Letter Offers Definition of Independent Contractor in Gig Economy

The  Department of Labor (DOL) announced today that it has issued a new opinion letter that addresses compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) on how a particular law applies in specific circumstances presented by the […]

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DOL Proposes Revised Joint Employer Definition

The Department of Labor (DOL) today announced a proposed rule to revise and clarify the responsibilities of employers and joint employers to employees in joint employer arrangements. The department has not meaningfully revised its joint employer regulation since 1958. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) allows joint employer situations where an employer and a joint […]

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