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 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?
On June 19, 2018, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule that gives small businesses more freedom to join together as a single group to purchase health insurance in the large group market or to self-insure. These benefit arrangements are called association health plans (AHPs). By forming AHPs, small employers can avoid certain … Continue reading DOL Finalizes Rule to Expand Association Health Plans
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay their employees for all hours they are “suffered or permitted to work.” These hours are known as “work hours” or compensable time. What is compensable time? Compensable time includes all hours during which an individual is actually performing productive work and all hours an employee … Continue reading Compensable Time: What You Need to Know