Topics: Department of Labor

Labor Department Launches Rulemaking on Independent Contractors


Labor Department Promotes Trucking Action Plan

As part of the Biden Administration’s over-arching initiative to expand jobs within the trucking industry, the Department of Labor is hosting a “Day of Action” April 28. The Labor Department is asking motor carriers, driver training schools and other industry stakeholders to commit to actions that promote safe training and work environments. More

What Happens When an Employee Gets Sick?

What Happens When an Employee Gets Sick?


Labor Department Issues Final Overtime Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor on Sept. 24 issued a final overtime rule, updating the standard for overtime pay eligibility under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and scaling back a rulemaking issued under the previous Administration. Notably, the Labor Department’s final overtime rule includes nearly all of NATSO's recommendations for improving the rule.   More

NATSO Files Comments on Joint Employer Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

NATSO Files Comments on Joint Employer Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

NATSO on June 25 filed comments on the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the joint employer standard under the Fair Labor Standards Act. More

Labor Update: DOL Rescinds Persuader Rule, NLRB Rejects Joint Employer Settlement

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced July 17 that it would rescind an Obama-era rule known as the Persuader Rule. This 2016 regulation would have required more disclosures from employers that work with consultants to counter union activities. The rule required employers and consultants to disclose not only when they reached an agreement regarding activities to persuade employees about “how or whether to exercise their collective bargaining rights,” but also when consultants simply provided advice, including “recommending drafts of or revisions to…speeches and communications” that were intended to influence employees with regard to collective bargaining and other organizational rights. More

Trump Administration Proposes to Expand Association Health Plans; Congress Targets Employer Mandate

The Trump Administration and Republicans in Washington are continuing their efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act after failing to directly repeal the law last year. More

NATSO Analysis: Joint Employer and the Nature of Employment Members Only Join or Login

As NATSO has previously reported, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in December reversed the controversial Obama-era standard for "joint employment" under the National Labor Relations Act. This was a positive development for employers, particularly in the travel center industry where contract workers (such as equipment inspectors and delivery personnel) and franchise relationships are ubiquitous. However, businesses must remain vigilant of these issues because joint employer liability remains a fact-specific, often state-by-state issue. More

Compliance Corner: Trump Administration Reviewing Overtime Pay Requirements Members Only Join or Login

One of the cornerstones of the Obama Administration’s labor agenda was a multi-year push to expand the number of employees who are required to receive overtime pay (1.5 times the regular rate of pay) for time worked in excess of 40 hours per week. The Obama Administration’s final regulation was delayed before taking effect, and was recently struck down by a federal court. It is unlikely to ever take effect. More

House Committee Examines Joint Employer

The House Education and Workforce Committee held a hearing on July 12 to examine the murky joint employer standard that has generated much uncertainty in the employment community. The Coalition to Save Local Businesses, of which NATSO is an active member, submitted testimony to the Committee urging Congress to pass legislation clarifying the joint employer standard in a manner that will protect employees while enabling small businesses to avoid legal uncertainties and litigation. More

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