U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta recently said that he “fully expects” OSHA inspections to increase once new inspectors are trained. Acosta’s remarks are in line with the significant increase in enforcement actions employers have seen in the past two fiscal years. Increased DOL Enforcement Actions The DOL’s enforcement actions across the vast majority of … Continue reading DOL Enforcement Actions Are up and Expected to Stay That Way
In the growing “gig economy,” individuals perform jobs on a one-off or short-term basis, typically through an online application or job marketplace. On April 29, 2019, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an opinion letter addressing whether individuals working for a virtual marketplace company (VMC) are employees or independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards … Continue reading DOL Issues Opinion Letter on Gig Worker Classification
The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a proposed rule that would change the salary thresholds for the “white collar” overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the proposal, the minimum salary level for executive, administrative and professional employees would increase from $455 to $679 per week ($35,308 per year). This is … Continue reading DOL’s Newly Proposed Overtime Rule: What’s Included
In January, the Department of Labor (DOL) increased the civil penalty amounts that may be imposed on employers under the following federal laws: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) These increased amounts apply … Continue reading DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for 2019
Another overhaul of the federal overtime rules may be looming on the horizon. The Department of Labor has hinted that it is looking to reveal its proposed changes to overtime eligibility in the first quarter of 2019. Officials haven’t explained how this latest revision will differ from the stalled attempt in 2016. Experts suspect the … Continue reading Did you know?
In September 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) held listening sessions to help them gain insight into the public’s views on how to update and modernize the overtime rule. The final session wrapped on Sept. 24. While there is no official deadline announced, in their spring 2018 agenda, the DOL forecast that a new overtime … Continue reading Did you know?
The Department of Labor’s Office of Compliance Initiatives launched a website to “provide workers with a centralized base of information regarding worker protections.” The site, worker.gov, is easy to understand and features prominent links to help you quickly find the answers you need. Consider promoting this site to employees as an additional resource for labor … Continue reading Did You Know?