DOL Issues Three New Wage and Hour Opinion Letters

September 10, 2019 WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that it has issued three new opinion letters that address compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA). An opinion letter is an official, written opinion…

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DOL Proposes Revisions to its Model FMLA Forms, Comments are being Accepted

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division is proposing revisions to its model notice of rights, certification, and designation forms under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Employers may, but are not required to, utilize the model forms to satisfy their notice requirements under the law and to obtain necessary information…

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Lawsuit seeks to nullify APWU Manchester Local’s election of officers

2019 OLMS Civil Enforcement Actions (updated 7-1-19) On June 17, 2019, in the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, the Department filed suit against American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 230 (located in Manchester, N.H.). The lawsuit seeks to nullify the union’s March 2, 2019 election of the offices of president,…

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DOL Investigation Finds Mail Hauler Failed to Pay Employees Prevailing Wages and Fringe Benefits

U.S. Department of Labor News Release April 22, 2019 ATLANTA, GA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Postal Fleet Services Inc. – based in Saint Augustine, Florida – will pay $329,057 in back wages and benefits to 53 employees for violating requirements of the Fair Labor…

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DOL issues Opinion Letter: FMLA Leave May Not Be Saved For Future Use

The Department of Labor issued an Opinion Letter Thursday that says an employee with a FMLA-qualifying condition may not use paid leave and decline to use FMLA leave to preserve FMLA leave for future use.  This will likely result in employers digging more deeply into employees’ reasons for taking paid leave. Employees will need to…

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USPS: Raising awareness of disability employment

National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which is held each October, celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and raises awareness of disability employment issues. The Postal Service, like other organizations across the United States, is recognizing the contributions of employees with disabilities within its workforce. The theme for this year’s campaign is “America’s Workforce: Empowering…

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Former Spartanburg, SC Local APWU President charged with embezzlement

On September 12, 2018, in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, Spartanburg Division, Dana Quinn Roush, former President of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 403 (located in Spartanburg, S.C.), was charged with one count of embezzlement in the amount of $10,089, in violation of 29 U.S.C 501(c). The charge…

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DOL Issues Two New FMLA Opinion Letters

Organ Donation Surgery Can Qualify as Serious Health Condition Under FMLA The DOL considered whether an employee who donates an organ can qualify for leave under the Family Medical Leave Act, even when the donor is in good health before the donation and chooses to donate the organ solely to improve someone else’s health. Additionally,…

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