Department of Labor

DOL Moves to Revoke Tip Pool Rule

As we head towards the end of the year, the Department of Labor (DOL) is making some major moves towards fulfilling its regulatory agenda. On October 24, 2017, DOL submitted notice to the Office of Management and Budget that it intends to rescind controversial Obama-era regulations which place limitations on employer use of tips received Read more

Federal Court Strikes Down Overtime Rule

Nearly a year after a Department of Labor  (DOL) Final Rule intended to raise the salary threshold for overtime-exempt status was put on hold before it could go into effect, a federal court has struck the exponential increase down for good.  Stating that that the DOL had “gone too far,” the U.S. District Court for Read more

DOL Seeks Input on Federal Overtime Rule

Employers nation-wide, get ready to raise your voice: the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a Request for Information on 2016’s highly contested “overtime rule,” asking stakeholders to provide comments that will be used to shape a future revision of the rule. The RFI is available for preview here, although the comment period does not Read more

New OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

Earlier this month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its intention to propose a later deadline for the submission of injury and illness data in compliance with the agency’s electronic recordkeeping requirement, originally scheduled for July 1. In a new proposed rule, OSHA suggests pushing the deadline for the electronic submission of injury 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

Today, the US Department of Labor announced its Final Rule that will extend overtime pay to workers not previously eligible under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Although the FLSA ensures minimum wage and overtime pay protections for most employees covered by the Act, some workers, including bona fide executive, administrative, and professional (“EAP”) employees, are exempt Read more

The US DOL Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has published a proposed rule updating the sex discrimination guidelines for federal contractors and subcontractors. The sex discrimination guidelines implement Executive Order 11246, which prohibits companies with federal contracts and subcontracts from sex discrimination in employment. The proposed rule would replace existing sex discrimination guidelines, Read more

Because workplaces are constantly changing, the US Department of Labor is always reviewing its existing regulations to update rules that may be out of date, ineffective, insufficient or excessively burdensome. For example, in recent years OSHA implemented three improvement projects to address duplicative, unnecessary and inconsistent safety and health standards. Right now, the DOL is Read more

Twice a year the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announces matters it plans to consider in the coming months and years.  Acting on a Presidential directive, the DOL last spring announced plans to consider regulations regarding overtime for “white collar” workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The announcement, included in the Semiannual Regulatory Read more

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued final regulations implementing the provisions of Executive Order 13658 that raises the minimum wage federal contractors are required to pay workers on covered contracts.  Specifically, the Executive Order: raises the minimum wage for workers on federal service and construction contracts to $10.10 per hour beginning January 1, Read more