Tag Archives: U.S. Department of Labor

OFCCP Signals Emphasis on “Religious Liberty” in Federal Contractor Compliance

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On August 10, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a new policy directive aimed at protecting the religious freedom of employees and ensuring a “level playing field” for religious organizations to compete for federal contracts. While the 2014 Obama administration rule prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender … Continue reading this entry

Q&A on the FLSA’s Changes to Overtime Exemptions

Last month, we discussed the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) recently published final rule making changes to the so-called “white collar” overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). We also presented a webinar on June 2, 2016, discussing the recent changes to the exemptions and how they may affect employers. As a quick … Continue reading this entry

It’s Not Just the DOL That Thinks You May Have More Employees

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Just last week, the DOL provided guidance about people treated as independent contractors, but who may really be your employees. That is just part of the trend. Another way you may have “extra” employees is through joint employment, most commonly through use of a staffing agency. A recent case from South Carolina illustrates the point. The … Continue reading this entry

Feds Fast-Forward “Fissured” Focus

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As David Weil, the still relatively new United States Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Administrator describes it, an industry is “fissured” when large companies no longer directly employ the workers that produce their products or services. Fissuring occurs through subcontracting, franchising, and an extended supply chain, and is especially prevalent in the restaurant, … Continue reading this entry

USCIS Acts to Eliminate Employment Disruption for Professional Workers

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Employers who seek to reduce disincentives that currently encourage H-1B non-immigrant employees to abandon adjustment to lawful permanent residence status will benefit from a new employment authorization rule announced on February 24, 2015, by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). The new rule, effective May 26, 2015, will allow the spouses of H-1B employees to … Continue reading this entry