DOL Roller Coaster Ride

It has been quite the lengthy roller coaster ride for 4 executive nominees within the Department of Labor (DOL), a ride that began back last summer and hasn’t ended yet. Just before they were set to vote, the Senate Health Education Labor & Pensions Committee (HELP) postponed votes on four DOL nominations – Patrick Pizzella,…

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Back in Play, Again

In many ways, the validity of various federal regulations could be described as a roller coaster of sorts as well, as evidenced by action last week by the Department of Labor. Recall that during the final days of the George W. Bush administration, the Wage & Hour Division issued a number of opinion letters interpreting…

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DOL Issues Proposed Rule for Expanded Health Plans

The Department of Labor continued issuing business-friendlier regulations yesterday when it proposed new regulations to expand association health plans (AHPs) and thereby create more affordable health care options for small businesses. Back in October, President Trump issued an executive order promoting health care competition. That order specifically directed federal agencies to loosen restrictions on associations…

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But They’re Good With Tip Pooling Extension

As aghast as the aforementioned Representative Bobby Scott claimed to be over the reversal of the joint employer and other rulings by the NLRB, it appears he was much pleased with Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta and his extension of the public comment period on a potential tip pooling rule change. You will recall that…

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Senate Confirms 3 To DOL

While DOL considers comments submitted about a potential change in the tip pooling rule, the department welcomed three new executive level employees to their shop as the full Senate gave formal confirmation to three Trump appointees to the DOL.  Last week, the Senate confirmed the nominations of Kate S. O’Scannlain, from Maryland, to be Solicitor…

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And, Over At Labor . . .

It may not be of immediate import to the majority of our subscribers, but nominees put forth by President Trump are steadily moving forward in the US Senate toward final confirmation. This week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) approved the nominations of 4 individuals for positions in DOL and sent…

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And, Tip Pooling Too

It may not be in the purview of the National Labor Relations Board, but another Obama-era regulation is being rescinded by the “new sheriff in town”! The Trump administration has proposed rescinding the rule that prevents employers from including “back-of-house employees” in workplace tip pools, but only in businesses that pay the standard minimum wage.…

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Trump Picks FedEx Exec for OSHA

Continuing full speed ahead to fill a host of important positions in his administration, President Trump last week nominated FedEx Executive Scott Mugno to lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the Department of Labor. Mugno, who previously headed up corporate safety health and fire prevention for FedEx Express and is currently vice…

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The Case That Won’t Go Away

We’ve reported on its demise several times now, but the Obama-era overtime rule is still before the courts, but this time because the final court decision killing the threshold was appealed – by the Trump administration! That may come as a surprise, but things aren’t always as they seem. You will recall when we last…

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DOL Public OT Comments Top 165,000

Well, it underscores how important reconsideration of the Obama-era redefinition of the overtime exemption threshold is that reports indicate that over 165,000 organizations and individuals took advantage of the opportunity to respond to the DOL request for information on the subject. The comment period on the so-called white collar exemption had been opened back on…

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