Miscellaneous

Interesting to note that retired Dunkin’ CEO and Chairman Nigel Travis is not “going quietly into that good night”. It seems the owner of the Leyton Orient Soccer Club is ascending to the role of Chairman at retail giant Abercrombie & Fitch. Travis joined the Board of Directors at the company back in 2019 and…

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DOL Extends Comment Period

A few weeks ago, we advised that the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) at the Department of Labor had proposed a new rule regarding the standards by which a work is classified as an independent contractor rather than an employee. At that time, interested parties were given a 45-day window – until November 28 –…

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DOL Unveils New Classification Rule

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has unveiled a new proposed rule that would again change the requirements for determining a worker’s classification as an employee versus contractor. The proposed rule, which was published in the Federal Register yesterday, is very similar to one that had been adopted…

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DOL “Tweaks” Persuader Disclosure Form

Just about ten days ago, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) unveiled proposed changes to forms that employers are required to submit when they work with third-party consulting firms to fight unionization efforts within their business. The changes proposed by DOL appear to target a select number of businesses – those who are vulnerable to…

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OFCCP Extends Comment Deadline

Earlier this month, we advised you that the Department of Labor through its Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) was intending to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and release EEO-1 reports filed by private employers. Further, at that time, OFCCP had set a deadline for the filing of objections of…

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DOL May Release EEO-1 Reports

Back in January of 2019, the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking EEO-1 report data from federal contractors who filed during the period of 2016 through 2020. Since that filing, CIR has submitted several amended FOIA, most recently in June of this year. In response, the Department…

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New Wage & Hour Nominee

In the wake of the US Senate defeating his nomination of David Weil for another term as the administrator of the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) at the Department of Labor, President Biden has finally put forth a new nomination for the position. Jessica Looman, who previously served as the Executive Director of the Minnesota…

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DOL #2 Promises Crackdown

Julie Su, the Deputy Secretary of Labor and the #2 bureaucrat in the United States Department of Labor (DOL), lent the prestige of her office to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Fight for $15 recently when the groups released a report on wage theft in the California restaurant industry. To no-one’s surprise, Skimmed…

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Inflation hits 7.9%

The United States Department of Labor reported yesterday that consumer prices rose 0.8 percent in February and 7.9 percent over the last 12 months. The consumer price index (CPI), the key gauge of inflation, showed price growth speeding up on both a monthly and annual basis. The all-item index rising almost 8% annually is the…

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More Economic Trends

The economy added significantly more jobs in the month of February than most economists had predicted – a total of 678,000 new jobs, while the unemployment rate dropped close to levels not seen since the pandemic struck two years ago almost to the day. The unemployment rate came in at an impressive 3.9%, however that’s…

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