U.S. Dept. of Labor

Unemployment, Hourly Pay Decline In November; Employers Add 178,000 Jobs

U.S. employers added 178,000 new non-farm jobs during November, according to a government employment report that’s only surprise was a sharp decline in the unemployment rate to 4.6 percent. Today’s monthly report from the U.S. Department of Labor showed private-sector…

Small Employers Could Be On the Hook For Health Care, Family Leave

Every business that has contractors or temps supplied by another company needs to be alert for the likelihood the U.S. Department of Labor will find a joint employer relationship exists. This is as true for small employers as it is…

Labor Department Releases Their View of What “Joint Employment” Really Is

By Corey J. Goerdt The U.S. Department of Labor has taken the next step in its nearly-six-year-old “fissured industries” initiative by releasing Administrator Interpretation No. 2016-1, dealing with concepts of “joint employment” under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the federal Migrant and Seasonal…

Temp Keeps Growing As Nation Adds 223,000 Jobs In June

Employment agencies were among the biggest contributors last month to the 223,000 new jobs added to the U.S. economy. Temp agencies grew their workforce by 19,800, while placement services and registries added another 9,300 jobs. The report this morning from…

5 Ways Smart, Proactive Employers Can Prepare Now for the New OT Rules

By Eric B. Meyer Somewhere between the time that I took this selfie at the start of my FMLA/ADA session at the Society for Human Resource Management’s annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, and a few minutes later when the laptop with my…

More Erroneous Nonsense on Tipped Wages, Courtesy of the Labor Dept.

By John E. Thompson A recent post appearing on the U.S. Department of Labor’s blog begins, “The federal tipped minimum wage has been $2.13/hour since 1991. That’s right – it’s been the same for nearly a quarter century.” Actually, that’s…

Labor Department Going After More Wage and Hour Laws Violations

Employees in New York and California are being cheated out of millions in wages by their employers, a new study reveals, and the U.S. Department of Labor wants to find more employers who are skirting the law. The wage study…