Department of Labor (DOL)
A new rule that could make it easier for businesses to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees is scheduled to take effect March 8 - but it is likely to be frozen and possibly replaced.
After several years of increases, the number of enforcement actions and investigations by the EEOC and the Wage and Hour Division decreased in FY 2020.
The DOL has put forward five distinct factors to be used when determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
With back-to-school season approaching, or already here depending on one's location, the Department of Labor has published guidance relating to the reopening of schools and what qualifies for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
The DOL said its new forms will "reduce the time users spend providing information, improve communications between leave applicants and administrators and reduce the likelihood of violations."
A new regulation, which may be finalized before the end of the year, is expected to establish an employer-friendly standard for independent contractor classification.
In an effort to remove regulatory "barriers to economic prosperity" as the nation recovers from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, DOL will no longer assess pre-litigation liquidated damages against employers if certain conditions are met.
The US Department of Labor has revised its model COBRA notices to provide additional information about COBRA's interaction with Medicare.
The US Department of Labor has issued deadline relief and other guidance to aid employers, employee benefit plans, plan participants and other service providers affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
Weekly unemployment benefits claims jumped to 6.6 million for March 23-27, double the figure for the previous week. The Congressional Budget Office predicts the unemployment rate will exceed 10% for the second quarter of 2020, and some analysts predict the figure will be closer to 15%.
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