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Six New DOL Opinion Letters Attempt to Clarify Federal Labor Laws

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it issued six new opinion letters. DOL opinion letters are designed to provide clarity to federal labor laws. The six new DOL opinion letters interpret issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

DOL Readies Grants for Workers Dislocated by Hurricane Florence

The US Department of Labor (DOL) is ready to provide funding to counties in North Carolina and South Carolina to help any workers who lost their jobs as a result of Hurricane Florence.

Listen Up – USDOL Reveals Little In Public Listening Sessions

Last month, the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) Wage and Hour Division announced that it would hold public listening sessions, inviting members of the public to comment on the FLSA's white-collar exemptions.

DOL Issues Employer-Friendly Opinion Letters

Executive Summary: Last week, on August 28, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued four Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) opinion letters. In welcome late-summer news to employers, each opinion is employer-friendly. Below is a summary of each.

Beltway Buzz, September 7, 2018

September to Remember. Congress returned this week, and Capitol Hill policymakers are girding themselves for a busy month of September. Indeed, October 1—the start of the new fiscal year—looms large, so Congress will have just a few weeks to pass a spending package in order to avoid a government shutdown. October 1 is also the start of the Supreme Court’s 2018 term, and Republicans will try fervently to get Judge Brett Kavanaugh confirmed and seated in time for the first day of the term (more on this below). It’s shaping up to be a frantic few weeks in D.C.

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Creation of New Wage and Hour Compliance Outreach Office

Focusing on education to ensure compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, on August 28, 2018 Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the creation of the DOL’s new Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI). That office has launched two new websites, one to provide employers with resources to assess wage and hour compliance, and the other to provide employees with information regarding their rights and responsibilities under federal wage and hour law. Those websites are named, aptly, employer.gov and worker.gov, respectively.

DOL Launches Office of Compliance Initiatives

The US Department of Labor (DOL) has created a new Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI).

Just in Time for Labor Day, DOL Creates Office of Compliance Initiatives and Unveils New Websites for Workers and Employers

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has been celebrating the week leading up to Labor Day with a flurry of compliance-related activity. In addition to issuing several new opinion letters that provide guidance to employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, the DOL announced the creation of the Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI) and unveiled two new websites, worker.gov and employer.gov.

WHD Issues More Opinion Letters: One Addresses Whether Wellness Activities Constitute Compensable Time

On August 28, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released six opinion letters—four involving the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and two involving the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The four wage-and-hour opinion letters address the following topics:

DOL Issues Six New Opinion Letters and Establishes a New Office of Compliance Initiatives

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued six new opinion letters addressing various matters under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). According to the DOL, the release of this guidance “demonstrates the agency's continued commitment to providing meaningful compliance assistance to help employees understand their rights and ensure that employers have the information they need to comply with federal labor laws.” The DOL also announced the formation of an Office of Compliance Initiatives to strengthen employer compliance assistance.