Indiana Approves Restrictions on Employer Vaccine Mandates: What Employers Need to Know

On March 3, 2022, the Indiana General Assembly passed House Bill 1001, which restricts employer COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The final version of the bill was signed right away by Governor Eric Holcomb and is effective immediately. The law’s most notable provisions require covered employers to accept (under certain conditions) medical, religious, and acquired immunity exemptions from vaccine mandates, and to allow employees with exemptions to submit to COVID-19 testing in lieu of immunization.

DOL’s Dual Jobs Final Rule: Will It Be a Horror Show for Employers?

On October 28, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule that may cause many employers in the restaurant, hospitality, and service industries to rethink and/or end their use of tip credits under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the FLSA, an employer that meets certain requirements may count a limited amount of the tips its tipped employees receive as a credit toward its federal minimum wage obligation—a practice which is known as a “tip credit.”

DOL Closes Out 2020 by Issuing Travel Time and Live-In Home Health Care Worker Opinion Letters

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued two Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) opinion letters on December 31, 2020. One of those letters addresses travel time that occurs when employees schedule personal appointments during the workday and perform portions of their work remotely. The other addresses compensation arrangements for live-in home health care workers whose shifts may extend beyond 24 hours.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Department of Labor Releases Preliminary Guidance for Employers and Employees

On March 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division issued preliminary guidance for employers and employees concerning the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA). Both laws are part of larger Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) enacted on March 18, 2020.

Is Your Company Ready for Hurricane Florence? A One-Stop Resource for Employers Dealing With Disasters

The National Hurricane Center has stated that Hurricane Florence, which is classified as a Category 4 storm, may hit the East Coast as early as Thursday, September 13. As a result, residents of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and the surrounding areas are preparing for 130 mph winds, floods, and heavy rains (and in some cases, evacuating the affected areas).  Businesses with operations or employees in those areas could also be affected by power interruptions, disrupted communications, and transportation difficulties—in addition to concerns over their employees’ safety.

Just in Time for Labor Day, DOL Creates Office of Compliance Initiatives and Unveils New Websites for Workers and Employers

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has been celebrating the week leading up to Labor Day with a flurry of compliance-related activity. In addition to issuing several new opinion letters that provide guidance to employers under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, the DOL announced the creation of the Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI) and unveiled two new websites, worker.gov and employer.gov.

The FLSA After 80 Years, Part I: Major Changes, Current Compliance Concerns, and Possible Revisions

Since its passage in 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has had—and continues to have—a remarkable impact on the workplace through requirements that most employees are entitled to at least a minimum wage for all hours worked and overtime premium pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a workweek. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the enactment of the FLSA, and there’s a lot that has changed in the last eight decades.

An Early Groundhog Day: DOL Reissues 17 Opinion Letters That Had Been Withdrawn in 2009

On January 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) reissued 17 previously withdrawn opinion letters addressing a wide range of topics under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The former acting administrator of the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) signed 15 of the 17 opinion letters in January of 2009, during the final days of the Bush administration. The Team Leader of what was then the Fair Labor Standards Team of the Office of Enforcement Policy of WHD signed the remaining two opinion letters.

Labor Department to Withdraw Overtime Appeal

As a result of the August 31 ruling by a federal district court judge invalidating highly controversial proposed revisions to federal overtime regulations, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), now has filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit stating that it is dismissing the appeal of the preliminary injunction ruling issued by the same federal court judge earlier in the litigation.

Trump DOL to the Fifth Circuit: Uphold Ability to Set a Salary Level, But Don’t Rule on $913 Per Week Threshold

For the past seven months, employers throughout the country have been wondering what the future would hold with respect to the revised overtime regulations that were supposed to become effective last December and what position the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) under President Trump would take with respect to those regulations.