Tag: DOL

DOL recovers $137,838 in wages, damages for overtime violations

The U.S. Department of Labor shows it is still targeting home health agencies in its enforcement of wage and hour rules. In the latest example, the DOL announced the recovery of $137,838 in back wages, including $68,919 and an equal amount in liquidated damages. The DOL reported that Essential Home Health of Lubbock, Texas, paid […]

Agency to pay $140,000 after overtime lawsuit from DOL

A Pennsylvania home health agency will pay $66,000 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 98 registered nurses and licensed practical nurses after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor noted a failure to pay overtime wages, including payment for ancillary work and work-related travel, according to a DOL news […]

Home health workers get $358,675 in back wages after being misclassified as independent contractors

A home health care provider in Tennessee recently paid $358,675 in back wages to resolve overtime violations, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor on April 20. Fifty workers at Servant’s Quest in Oliver Springs, Tenn., had reportedly been misclassified as independent contractors by the company, according to DOL. The employer […]

FFCRA Exemptions for Healthcare Providers Clarified

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently clarified which healthcare providers are exempt from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s (FFCRA) paid sick and family and medical leave policies. How We Got Here When the FFCRA was first enacted, the DOL indicated healthcare providers’ employees were exempt from the emergency paid sick leave and expanded […]

DOL Releases New FMLA Model Forms

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released new model forms that employers can use to coordinate employee leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Released on July 16, 2020, the revised medical certification and notices forms were immediately effective and available for employers to use. The DOL also published a Request […]

Federal agencies relax rules, delay deadlines because of the coronavirus

The coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic is causing disruptions throughout society, and government agencies aren’t immune from the need to make changes to normal practices. Employees testing positive for the virus have brought about agency branch office closures, essential government workers have been directed to work from home, and others not able to work from home find themselves […]

Coronavirus fears at work: What employers need to know to stay protected

News reports of deaths and illnesses from the rapidly spreading coronavirus get scarier every day. Millions of people are being quarantined. Foreign companies and governments are evacuating their people from hard-hit areas of China where the virus got its start. And even employees who don’t travel for work are getting anxious about traveling coworkers who […]

Proposed rule aims to expand use of fluctuating workweek

A new proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) intends to clarify that employers who pay nonexempt workers bonuses or other incentive-based pay in addition to a fixed salary can use the fluctuating workweek (FWW) method of paying overtime as a way to keep costs down as long as other requirements for using […]

Employers likely to notice change after Acosta’s departure from DOL

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alexander Acosta’s announcement that he is leaving his post amid controversy over his role in a lenient plea deal for multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein is likely to bring a change in tone to the agency. Acosta’s resignation will be effective a week after his July 12 announcement. He had faced […]

DOL’s Proposed Joint Employment Rule Seen As Boost for Franchise Relationship

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rule on joint employment should provide clarity and reassurance to businesses, especially those in franchise arrangements, according to attorneys familiar with the risks and benefits of joint employment. The DOL announced on April 1 that it was proposing a rule to revise and clarify joint employment as it […]