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DOL States Plan To Issue Proposed Revisions To FLSA White Collar Exemptions In 2014

The Department of Labor recently released its 2014 Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, a non-binding statement regarding upcoming rulemaking.  The Agenda provides a timetable for issuance of a proposed rule revising the regulations interpreting the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “white collar” overtime exemptions, in conformity with the President’s recent directive.  As we often discuss, certain “white collar” … Continue Reading

GAO Study Highlights Need for “Systematic” Approach to DOL Review of Regulations

The President’s recent directive to revise the federal wage-hour regulations includes a directive to simplify these rules.  This simplicity mandate ties in to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) study analyzing the year-over-year increase in FLSA litigation.  The GAO study found that a decrease in DOL guidance regarding the law and a failure by DOL … Continue Reading

President Obama Continues Push To Increase Federal Minimum Wage, Turns Attention to Tipped Wage

Despite encountering strong opposition to its proposals to raise the federal minimum wage and rewrite the Department of Labor regulations defining the exemptions from overtime under the FLSA, the White House is now requesting Congress raise the minimum wage for “tipped” employees.  Through a report released last week, the President argues that the minimum wage … Continue Reading

President Raises Minimum Wage For Employees of Federal Contractors

As discussed in a recently released White House fact sheet and summarized more fully here, the President is expected to announce tonight during the State of the Union that his office will issue an Executive Order prospectively raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10.  While many contractors pay higher rates pursuant to the … Continue Reading

Congress Confirms Perez As Secretary of Labor, Employers Brace for Agenda

After an at times testy and contentious confirmation proceeding, on July 18 the United States Senate confirmed President Obama’s nomination of Thomas Perez as the new Secretary of Labor, replacing the departed Hilda Solis. Some Republican Congressmen had questioned Perez’s conduct in a qui tam action in Minnesota.  Mr. Perez’s Senate confirmation vote was the result … Continue Reading

Obama Taps Civil Rights Attorney to Head DOL

Following on the heels of Hilda Solis’ surprising resignation, the President has nominated Thomas E. Perez to serve as the Secretary of Labor during his second term. Mr. Perez, like previously withdrawn Wage-and-Hour Administrator nominee Leon Rodriguez, has a background in public sector work and civil rights litigation, most recently serving as head of the Justice … Continue Reading

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis To Step Down

In a move surprising to the employment community, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has submitted her resignation to President Obama, creating a vacancy at the Department of Labor’s highest post and removing from the new administration one of its highest-ranking minority officials. In a lengthy email to staff, Secretary Solis explained that “After much discussion with … Continue Reading

Jackson Lewis Coverage of President Obama’s Reelection: Wage/Hour Implications

As touched upon in Jackson Lewis’ coverage of the employment law implications of President Obama’s reelection, employers are likely to see a continuation of the Department of Labor’s practices from the past four years during the next four. Per Jackson Lewis partner and former DOL Wage and Hour Administrator Paul DeCamp, these include: ·         Completion of … Continue Reading

Non-Displacement Rule to Take Effect Under Service Contract Act

On August 29, 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its final rule implementing Executive Order 13495.  This Executive Order, which was issued more than two year ago, generally requires contractors (including subcontractors) providing services under a federal government contract that succeeds a contract for performance of the same or similar services at the … Continue Reading

President Withdraws Nomination of Rodriguez for Wage/Hour Administrator

In January, President Obama re-submitted his nomination of deputy assistant attorney general and chief of staff of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Leon Rodriguez, to be Administrator of the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division.  On Tuesday, the White House issued a press release indicating that Mr. Rodriguez’s nomination has been withdrawn.  No reason for … Continue Reading