Tag: DOL

2020 Inflation-Adjusted Amounts for HSAs Announced On May 28, 2019, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced (Rev. Proc. 2019-25) the 2020 inflation-adjusted amounts for health savings accounts (HSAs) as determined under I.R.C. § 223. For calendar year 2020, the annual limitation on deductions under § 223(b)(2)(A) for an individual with self-only coverage under a high…

One in five adults (43.8 million people) will experience a mental illness in any given year. The consequences of living with a mental illness or substance use disorder affect all areas of a person’s life, including work. And that affects every employer’s bottom line: Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year….

EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Enforcement and Litigation Data On April 10, 2019, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released detailed breakdowns for the 76,418 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received in fiscal year 2018. The comprehensive enforcement and litigation statistics for FY 2018, which ended September 30, 2018, are posted on the…

Question: What should employers do to prepare for the anticipated January 1, 2020, effective date of new DOL white collar exemptions? Answer: On March 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule to update and revise Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) white collar exemptions by raising the salary level for an exemption from…

Ellen Kearns, partner with leading national labor and employment law firm (and ThinkHR strategic employment law partner) Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, explains proposed regulations clarifying joint employer status under the FLSA. On April 1, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed regulations to clarify its interpretation of joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards…

Yesterday, a federal district court struck down a Department of Labor (DOL) Rule on Association Health Plans (AHPs). Issued in 2018, the DOL rule aimed to expand the availability of AHPs to a greater number of small businesses as an alternative to standard ACA-compliant small group insurance policies. For details, see our June 2018 blog post….

On March 14, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a new opinion letter addressing whether an employer may delay designating Family and Leave Act (FMLA) leave or permit employees to expand their FMLA leave beyond the statutory 12-week entitlement by using paid leave before FMLA leave begins. According to the letter, “some employers…

2018 EEO-1 Portal Opening for Component 1 Data On March 18, 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) opened the EEO-1 online portal to receive 2018 EEO-1 Component 1 data (which is race, ethnicity, and gender data). The portal is open from March 18 to May 31, 2019. The EEOC is in the process of developing…

Department of Labor Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Update Overtime Regulations On March 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule to update and revise Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) white collar exemptions by raising the salary level for an exemption from $455 per week ($23,660 annually) to $679 per…

New DOL Guidance: Payment of Subminimum Wages Under FLSA On February 15, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) release three documents providing guidance on the payment of subminimum wages under § 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The first two are related to the impact of Rehabilitation Act (§ 511) and the…