Department of Labor

Employee Employer compliance assistance

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI).  The new agency is tasked with expanding and developing innovative approaches to compliance assistance, including more effective use of online resources to promote a better understanding of federal labor laws and regulations.  Providing employers Read more

New Jersey

On August 10, 2018, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Department of Labor (USDOL). For the next three years, both agencies will work together to prevent and reduce the classification of independent contractors. According to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Read more

DOL Answers Questions on PAID Program

Taking note of employer concerns, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released some preliminary guidance on its new PAID program, a six-month pilot initative intended to quickly resolve accidental wage and hour violations outside of the courtroom and help employers improve pay practices to avoid similar mistakes in the future. In a question-and-answer format, Read more

Federal Minimum Wage Contractors Poster

Earlier this year, the Department of Labor (DOL) published a notice announcing that starting January 1, 2018, the Executive Order 13658 minimum wage rate will increase to $10.35 per hour. The executive order generally applies to workers performing work on or in connection with covered contracts. Additionally, the minimum wage rate that must be paid Read more

US DOL’s Opinion Letters Are Making a Comeback

Employers can soon expect more descriptive guidance from the US Department of Labor (DOL). The agency has decided to bring back the “Opinion Letter,” a form of fact-specific guidance which it stopped issuing in 2010. An Opinion Letter is an official, written opinion of how a particular law, usually the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Read more

Our readers may remember reading our previous blog posts about the US Department of Labor’s (DOL) Final Rule increasing the minimum salary that bona fide executive, administrative, and professional (EAP) employees must earn to be exempt from overtime. The regulation proposes to increase the pay threshold for exempt employees from $455 per week ($23,660 annually) to Read more

Employers may recall back in 2013 when two federal courts invalidated the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Final Rule that would have required most private sector employers to post a notice of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in the workplace.  The courts found that the posting requirement violated employers’ free speech Read more

On May 7, 2015, the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Labor. Like the MOU between the U.S. Department of Labor and states like Alabama, California, Florida, and Massachusetts, Rhode Island’s agreement was created to battle employee misclassification. State agencies in Rhode Island Read more