Department of Labor News

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 …

U.S. to Update Sex Discrimination Guidelines for Federal Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing to clarify federal contractors’ requirements to prohibit sex discrimination. The recommended changes would revise the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ guidelines to align with laws, court decisions and societal changes since they …

OSHA Fines Idaho Company Over Natural Gas Explosion

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a Lewiston, Idaho construction company for its role in a natural gas explosion in downtown Lewiston last November. The Lewiston Tribune reported OSHA cited M.L. Albright and Sons for failing to anticipate …

Alcohol Discrimination Ruling Upheld In Montana Inmate’s Death

A state hearings officer has upheld a ruling that Blaine and Hill counties showed discriminatory indifference toward an 18-year-old inmate in the Hill County Detention Center who died in 2009 of acute alcohol withdrawal. The order by Department of Labor …

Federal Healthcare Law to Aid Black Lung Victims

Proposed changes to U.S. Department of Labor rules would make it easier for coal miners and their families to obtain black lung benefits, while a West Virginia congressman aims to reduce the amount of paperwork they have to fill out …

Google Captive in Hawaii on Track

Web search giant Google Inc. has been granted tentative approval from the Department of Labor to form a captive insurance company in Hawaii to cover employee benefits for thousands of the Mountain View, Calif.-based web giant’s U.S. workforce. The tentative …

Farmers Insurance to Pay $1.5M in Labor Settlement

Los Angeles-based Farmers Insurance Inc. has agreed to pay $1.52 million in overtime back wages to 3,459 employees following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division that disclosed significant and systemic violations of the federal …