U.S. Department of Labor News

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.S. Department of Labor investigation results in Miami School Payimg $636.269 to 461 Employees for Wage Violations

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

Belen Jesuit Preparatory School of Miami, Florida, will pay $635,269 to 461 employees for violations of the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) found in a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) investigation.

California joins 12-state coalition opposing U.S. Labor Department over AHP changes

By Marian Johns | Aug 2, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California has become the latest state to join a 12-state coalition filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor for a new regulation that allows employers to group together as Associated Health Plans (AHPs).

Vermont prepares for Association Health Plans regulations

By Marian Johns | Jul 11, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vermont — The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) will file emergency regulations as part of the U.S Department of Labor's (DOL) final rule on Association Health Plans (AHPs) in an effort to ensure the regulations will be in place when AHPs are offered in the state.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: Michigan Ski Resort to Pay $60,500 in back wages and penalties for violations of foreign visa program and child labor laws

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

The U.S. Department of Labor has found Michigan ski resort Ski Brule Inc. in violation of the labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program and the child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) after an investigation by the Department's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR: U.S. Department of Labor investigation results in San Diego Restaurant paying penalties for Child Labor Violations

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

A San Diego Chuck E. Cheese restaurant will pay $3,928 in penalties after investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found the restaurant employed minors in violation of the child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

W. Virginia company ordered to pay $817,902 for alleged FLSA violation

By Marian Johns | Jun 29, 2018

WHEELING. W. Va. — The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia has ordered a Bridgeport company and its owner to pay $817,902 in back wages and damages stemming from an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

Delta Faucet reaches settlement with Department of Labor for alleged FMLA violations

By Marian Johns | Jun 26, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. — The U.S Department of Labor has reached a settlement with Delta Faucet Co., for allegations the company violated the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by firing an employee for taking time off to care for a family member.

California alleges federal PAID program undermines states' labor agencies

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 23, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newline) —California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced April 11 that he has joined a coalition of 10 other attorneys general in urging the U.S. Labor Department to condemn the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) pilot program.

Department of Labor extends transition period for exemptions in fiduciary rule

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 4, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Labor announced Nov. 27 that it will extend the special transition period for the fiduciary rule’s best interest contract exemption and the principal transactions exemption.

DOL officially puts Obama administration’s fiduciary rule on hold for 18 months

By Jessica Karmasek | Nov 30, 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday it finalized plans to extend the transition period for full implementation from Jan. 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019.

Minn. judge issues injunction against DOL’s fiduciary rule, also grants stay

By Jessica Karmasek | Nov 7, 2017

Judge Susan Richard Nelson for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, in her order last week, said an “actual, ongoing controversy” exists between plaintiff Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Watchdog group sues DOL for records related to rollback of fiduciary rule

By Jessica Karmasek | Nov 2, 2017

American Oversight, which was formed in March to serve as a check on the Trump administration, claims the U.S. Department of Labor has failed to respond to a July Freedom of Information Act request.

Missouri Congresswoman’s bill would kill DOL’s fiduciary rule, create best interest standard for broker-dealers

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 5, 2017

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, a Republican, introduced The Protecting Advice for Small Savers, or PASS, Act of 2017 last week.

Labor attorney: DOL’s persuader rule would’ve meant ‘real consequences’ for employers

By Jessica Karmasek | Sep 26, 2017

Cozen O’Connor PC attorney Jeremy Glenn, the current co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Federal Labor Standards Legislation committee, said he “wholeheartedly” agrees with the U.S. Department of Labor’s recent move to rescind its so-called “persuader rule.”

DOL proposes 18-month delay of fiduciary rule’s full implementation

By Jessica Karmasek | Sep 1, 2017

In June, the U.S. Department of Labor published a Request for Information, or RFI, related to the rule and whether to delay its full implementation. The rule, released in April 2016, mandates financial professionals who service individual retirement accounts, including IRAs and 401(k) plans, to serve the “best interest” of the savers and disclose conflicts of interest.

Labor Department seeks to fill vacancies on its pension benefits advisory council

By Mark Iandolo | Aug 28, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced Aug. 18 that its Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is soliciting nominations to fill five three-year vacancies on the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans, also known as the ERISA Advisory Council. The DOL noted that Aug. 31 is the deadline for nominations.

Labor Department secures $5 million for ESOP members of Manhattan laser surgery center

By Mark Iandolo | Aug 23, 2017

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Labor announced Aug. 16 that the owner of a Manhattan laser surgery center will pay $5 million to its employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) after allegations of violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) by creating false company valuations.

Survey: DOL’s fiduciary rule already hurting savers, financial professionals

By Jessica Karmasek | Aug 18, 2017

The Financial Services Roundtable, an advocacy organization for the nation’s financial services industry, polled 600 financial advisers from July 7-12.

DOL moves to rescind its persuader rule, citing ‘concerns’ raised by courts and need to review

By Jessica Karmasek | Aug 17, 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards published its notice in June, explaining it intends to rescind the rule, first published by the DOL in March 2016. The rule, or Persuader Advice Exemption Rule, effectively eliminates the “advice exemption” under the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.

Nevada strengthens law governing financial planners

By Jessica Karmasek | Aug 15, 2017

The revised state law, which became effective July 1, essentially requires investment advisers and stock brokers now to abide by the same fiduciary standards as others in the financial industry.

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