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Perez Confirmed as Labor Secretary; Obama Names New NLRB Nominees; Another Appellate Court Overturns Recess Appointments

The last three days have brought a flurry of important developments for employers. On Wednesday, the Fourth Circuit joined the D.C. Circuit (Noel Canning) and Third Circuit (New Vista Nursing) in overturning President Obama’s January 2012 recess appointments of Members Richard Griffin, Terrence Flynn (who has since resigned), and Sharon Block to the National Labor … Continue Reading

Obama Nominates New Labor Secretary

This morning, President Obama formally nominated Thomas Perez to be the next Secretary of the Department of Labor.  Mr. Perez, an assistant U.S. Attorney General, will replace outgoing Secretary Hilda Solis.  Mr. Perez’s nomination is widely supported by the labor community.  Mary Kay Henry, the president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), stated on … Continue Reading

Louisiana Joins the DOL's Misclassification Initiative

Louisiana is the latest State to sign a Memorandum of Understanding and join forces with the U.S. Department of Labor to combat employee misclassification.  These Memorandums of Understanding with state government agencies arose as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Misclassification Initiative, with the goal of preventing, detecting and remedying employee misclassification. Louisiana is … Continue Reading

"Right to Know" Rule Not Likely in 2012

For roughly the last two years, the U.S. Department of Labor has been contemplating (some would say “threatening”) revisions to the recordkeeping regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act that would require an employer who classifies an employee as exempt to prepare a written justification of the basis for the exemption. This document would have … Continue Reading

DOL Coordinates With IRS, States On Independent Contractor Misclassification

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Labor held a ceremony at which Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis signed a memorandum of understanding with the Internal Revenue Service to “improve departmental efforts to end the business practice of misclassifying employees in order to avoid providing employment protections.” The DOL also signed or has agreed to … Continue Reading

Interesting Wage & Hour Enforcement Statistics

Recently the U.S. Department of Labor revamped its enforcement data website, http://ogesdw.dol.gov/, adding some snazzy new map displays showing inspection and violation data from OSHA and the Mine Safety and Health Administration.  Of more interest to readers of this blog willl be the site’s statistics regarding the Wage and Hour Division‘s enforcement activities.  According to … Continue Reading
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