Department of Labor News

Judge Reinstates Trump Independent Contractor Rule Withdrawn by Biden

A federal judge in Texas has nixed the Biden Department of Labor’s withdrawal of a Trump administration rule governing whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. U.S. District Court Judge Marcia A. Crone reinstated the Trump independent …

Biden Labor Department Nixes Trump Rule Affecting Gig Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor announced it is withdrawing a rule by the previous Trump Administration affecting independent contractors that was set to go into effect Friday. The Trump rule would have favored app-services firms like Uber, DashDoor and Instacart …

Biden’s Choice for Labor Secretary — Boston’s Mayor Walsh— Signals Pro-Worker Policy

President-elect Joe Biden announced Thursday that he has named Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to be labor secretary. If confirmed by the Senate, Walsh would take control of a Labor Department that Biden has pledged to reorient toward workers, with a …

OSHA Updates Targeted Workplaces Inspection Program

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is updating its inspection program that targets its enforcement resources to establishments with the highest rates of injuries and illnesses. The Site-Specific Targeting (SST) Directive is OSHA’s primary targeting program for non-construction establishments …

Judge Voids Parts of Trump Labor Rule Limiting Coronavirus Sick Leave Eligibility

A U.S. judge on Monday voided parts of a Trump administration rule that restricted paid sick leave and emergency family leave for potentially millions of workers affected by the coronavirus. Ruling in a case brought by New York Attorney General …

Employers Warned of Potential Wage-and-Hour Claims Under New Overtime Rule

Time is running out for employers to familiarize themselves with new federal rules on overtime pay. Starting January 1, the threshold for who is entitled to overtime pay — and who is not — changes. It’s the first change since …

Feds Sue Kentucky Restaurants Over Failure to Pay Workers $130K in Overtime

The federal Department of Labor is suing the owners of two Kentucky brunch restaurants it says failed to pay workers more than $130,000 in overtime. The Courier Journal reported Wednesday that the department says the Louisville North End Cafe restaurants …

New York’s Financial Watchdog Proposes ‘Best Interest’ Rules

New York State’s top financial watchdog proposed regulations that would require sellers of life insurance and annuities to act in the best interest of clients, raising standards even as the U.S. government delays its fiduciary rule. Products that best fit …

California Company Says CDI Wrongly Halting Sales of Workers’ Comp Product

The head of a business providing worker’s compensation and other benefits that was issued a cease and desist notice from the California Department of Insurance this week says the notice was wrongly issued. The CDI issued the notice to stop …

Mississippi City to Settle Federal Lawsuit Involving 39 Police Officers

A federal lawsuit filed in April 2014 on behalf of 39 current or former Jackson, Miss. Police Department officers will be settled. That’s according to the attorney representing the plaintiffs. The Clarion-Ledger reports the Jackson City Council will pay $73,000 …