Department of Labor Tag

In response to the COVID-19 health emergency, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which provided for mandatory Expanded Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Expanded Family Medical Leave (EFMLA) for employees of businesses with fewer than 500 employees.  The U.S. Department of Labor...

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On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to make 1.3 million American workers newly eligible for overtime pay.  The new rule will take effect on January 1, 2020. The final rule updates the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative...

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On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton, No. 16-74, resolving the question of whether church-affiliated hospitals’ employee defined-benefit pension plans qualify for the ERISA church plan exemption, despite those plans not having been originally “established” by a...

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Congress approved a Joint Resolution nullifying the Department of Labor's Final Rule published on December 19, 2016 entitled "Clarification of Employer's Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness.” Previously, the Rule had imposed greater recording and recordkeeping requirements...

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In a surprising victory for employer groups and 21 states in a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Eastern District of Texas, Judge Amos Mazzant issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that effectively stopped implementation of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, which...

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Author:  Matt Stokely As we have mentioned in previous publications, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) is considering significant changes to the regulations that govern payment of minimum wage and overtime under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  The proposed regulations have been under review...

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Authors: Kristina Curry and Matt Stokely Over the past few weeks, there has been much talk about the legal test that is used by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to determine whether workers classified as independent contractors are employees.  On  July 15, 2015,  the Department’s...

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  Late on Sept. 11, 2013, The Department of Labor released an FAQ concerning the Affordable Care Act Healthcare Exchange Notice that employers are to provide to their employees by October 1, 2013. The FAQ states that employers cannot be fined or penalized for failing to provide their employees...

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