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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DOL Officially Withdraws OSHA ETS

After having the OSHA ETS rejected by the SCOTUS last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) this week announced that it was officially withdrawing its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) that would have required that all employers with 100 or more employees require either their vaccination or a weekly negative COVID test. It also formally published…

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DOL Revamping Overtime Threshold

Although we do not have specifics at this point in time, our information from the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) and others active in the Nation’s Capital is that work is well underway within the Department of Labor to increase the overtime threshold, the so-called white-collar exemption. You will recall that under President Obama, the…

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DOL Rescinds Union Transparency Rule

Organized labor’s honeymoon with the Biden administration seemingly continues unabated as earlier this month, the Department of Labor (DOL) rescinded a Trump-era rule requiring financial transparency on the part of labor unions. The union financial disclosure rule became effective on April 6, 2020 and required unions with more than $250,000 in annual receipts to fill…

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