USDOL announces a new compliance tool

  The U.S. Department of Labor is definitely trying to be more helpful to employers. They have released a new compliance tool that will make it easier for employers to determine if they are doing the right things when it comes to overtime, proper pay and other issues from the Fair Labor Standards Act. According to …

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The U.S. Department of Labor announces a new office to help employers and workers understand compliance better.

The USDOL has announced the Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI) which will promote greater understanding of federal labor laws and regulations, allowing job creators to prevent violations and protect Americans’ wages, workplace safety and health, retirement security, and other rights and benefits. As part of its work, OCI will work with the enforcement agencies to …

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Here is a chance to give you input on the future salary levels to be an exempt employee

Remember back at the end of 2016 when the Department of Labor proposed a new minimum salary level that was to used determine whether an employee could be considered exempt? As you may recall that salary level was set at $47,476 per year and was to take effect on December 1, 2016. As we all …

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The Penalties for Wage and Hour violations are NOT just fines!

In a press release from early May, the USDOL announced that a conclusion had been reached in a case reaching back to 2009. According to the release: The U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire has sentenced Kevin Corriveau, owner, and operator of Kevin Corriveau Painting Inc. of Nashua, to six months imprisonment; …

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How much do you really trust the government?

The US Department of Labor is trying to become a much friendlier agency when dealing with employers, really they are. They have reinstituted opinion letters, where employers can reach out to the USDOL and get information about a situation, that handled incorrectly could result in a lawsuit. These opinion letters can then act as guidance …

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FLSA issues for 2018

As we enter into a new calendar year there are a lot of Department of Labor issues employers should be concerned with in handling employees. I am not going to cover all of them, but I do want to talk about several. Employee classification One of the biggest issues of 2017 will continue to be …

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The “New” DOL working toward being balanced toward employees and employers

Prior to 2010 the U.S. Department of Labor served both the employees of the country by suing employers engaging in incorrect practices and employers by offering interpretations of the law regarding the employers situations. In 2010 the DOL, under the Obama administration, ceased these opinion letters in favor of broad administrative statements. The also increased …

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How did reclassification cost workers their jobs?

As governments increase the pressure on companies to insure that workers are properly classified as employees and not independent contractors there is bound to be some casualties in the process. The company Zirtual was just such a casualty. Reclassification With the US Department of Labor’s “Memorandum of Understanding” they are signing with willing states and …

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Report from #SHRM15: The USDOL Causes a Buzz

The morning of the last day of the #SHRM15 conference started with Dr. Oz. I was prepared not to be all that interested in what he had to say, but he was actually pretty interesting. Here are some of his pearls of wisdom from my Tweets: HR is the cutting edge of healthcare because we …

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Hey Employer don’t look to the USDOL for help

I recently attended a seminar conducted by the law firm Fisher & Phillips. During the presentations attorney Matt Simpson told us about some changes that the US Department of Labor has instituted that appear to be very anti-employer.  This was reiterated in an article written by attorney John E. Thompson that appeared in TLNT. How …

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