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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DOL Announces New Office of Compliance Initiatives

NASHVILLE, TN – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the U.S. Department of Labor’s new Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI) during a speech today at the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association’s 2018 Safety+ National Symposium. Coordinated by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, this cross-agency effort complements the Department’s enforcement activities by…

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DOL issues Opinion Letter on FMLA-protected rest breaks

A new DOL Opinion Letter on FMLA-protected rest breaks was issued today (see below). It should be included in the next JCIM. Extra rest breaks is an option that could benefit some workers with disabilities. The employee must take unpaid leave or may use their paid leave if available. The DOL ruling states that “employees…

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USPS: October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the cornerstone of a national campaign to raise awareness about disability employment issues and to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities. The Postal Service is joining other organizations across the United States in recognizing the contributions of employees with disabilities within its workforce. The theme for this…

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U.S. Department of Labor will reinstate the issuance of FLSA and FMLA opinion letters

By Franczek Radelet P.C. – June 28, 2017 The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division announced today that it is bringing back the WHD Opinion Letter. Opinion letters have long been one of the most useful resources for lawyers and HR professionals trying to figure out how to comply with the laws enforced…

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The DOL Isn’t Done Yet and Non-Compliance is Getting More Expensive Than Ever

By Dena Sokolow – July 21, 2016 Employers around the country are busy trying to keep up with the fast and furious rule-making from the Department of Labor. From OSHA reporting requirements, the persuader and fiduciary rules and the new overtime regulations, this unprecedented activity from the DOL has kept employers scrambling to understand the…

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OSHA’s final rule to ‘nudge’ employers to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses

DOL News Release – May 11, 2016 New federal requirements take effect August 10, 2016 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a final rule to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about workplace hazards. With this new rule, OSHA is…

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Statement by US Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez on BLS 2015 Union Membership report

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez issued the following statement on the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report released today on union membership in 2015: “With today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report, we are reminded again that the labor movement continues to be one of the most powerful forces for strengthening the…

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