DOL Finalizes Joint Employer

Notwithstanding the above and possible re-opening of the issue, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released the final version of the long-awaited joint employer rule. The final rule now employs a four-part test to determine joint employer status that includes whether a franchise: 1) maintains power to hire and fire; 2) supervise schedules and…

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Joint Employer Clarifications Expected By Year’s End

As the end of 2019 rapidly approaches, many eyes are turning to several federal regulatory agencies where a number of important decisions are expected after the Trump administration released its regulatory schedule this week. The biggest of the big issues relates the question of joint employment status and its applicability under a number of federal…

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Record Wage Recovery at DOL

Notwithstanding the concerns of some over the generally more reasonable regulatory environment established by the Trump administration across the federal bureaucracy, employees continue to benefit from more effective policies. As a perfect case in point, we noted this week that the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) collected a record amount of wages…

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DOL Submits Drug Testing Rule

Speaking of proposed rulemakings, the Department of Labor got in the game this week as well with two different issues. First, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within the White House has begun its review of the DOL’s proposed final rule on drug testing. As drafted, the rule will allow states to drug-test unemployment…

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DOL Finalizes ‘80/20’ Rule Switch

It’s official! The US Department of Labor last week officially amended its Field Operations Handbook relating when and for what work employers could pay workers a subminimum wage (tipped wage). The 80/20 rule, as it became known when it was implemented in 2009, provided that an employee could not be paid the lower tipped wage…

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DOL Extends PAID Program

The Department of Labor on Tuesday announced it was extending the Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program (PAID) for an additional six months. PAID is a voluntary compliance initiative that helps workers collect back wages due them in an expedited manner without having to wait for lengthy investigations to conclude or initiate court cases. Through PAID,…

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Overtime Rule Being Recast

The Department of Labor has indicated that it will be proposing new rules within the next few months to govern the parameters of overtime pay – both as relates the “regular rate of pay”  and the so-called white collar exemption. DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) plans to issue a new rule clarifying the regular…

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DOL Launches Self-Reporting Wage Error Pilot

The US Department of Labor is certainly taking a different approach to resolution of wage disputes with a new pilot program the department announced this week. DOL announced the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program on Tuesday of this week as a vehicle that will be operated by the Wage and Hour Division to help…

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DOL Issues New Guidance on Joint-Employer

The Department of Labor this week released a new interpretation on the joint employer issue that franchisees need to be aware of.  David Weil, Administrator of the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division, and the individual most responsible for the application of joint employer as it relates wage and overtime protections released the guidance and then…

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DOL Moves Minimum Wage Up Again

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has given notice that the minimum wage required to be paid by all federal contractors to workers performing under those contracts will increase effective January 1, 2016. Notwithstanding that the minimum for these workers was increased to $10.10 per hour on January 1 of this year, it…

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