DOL’s reissuance of 17 opinion letters called step in right direction

January 11, 2018 0 COMMENTS

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) decision to reissue 17 opinion letters first issued during the George W. Bush administration is a welcome move and “a step in the right direction,” according to an attorney who represents employers.

On January 5, the DOL announced that it was reissuing the opinion letters. The move follows the DOL’s announcement last summer that it was returning to the practice of issuing opinion letters, a practice that was discontinued during the Obama administration in favor of issuing “administrative interpretations” of the DOL’s views on issues related to laws and regulations enforced by the department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

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Governor signs bill raising California minimum wage

September 25, 2013 0 COMMENTS

by Cathleen Yonahara

On September 25, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed Assembly Bill (AB) 10, which will raise the state minimum wage in stages to $10 per hour. Employers will be required to raise wages to $9 per hour by July 1, 2014, and to $10 per hour by January 1, 2016. The current minimum wage is $8 per hour.

This is the first minimum wage increase in California in five years. Some Bay Area cities and counties already have raised their minimum wages this year. San Francisco’s minimum wage is $10.55, and San Jose’s is $10.

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DOL Cleanup Regs Enact Technical Changes While Rejecting More Substantive Concerns

May 05, 2011 0 COMMENTS

On April 5, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a set of final “cleanup” regulations, bringing the existing Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations up to date with the technical changes and statutory enactments that have passed over the past few years. For example, the regulations, which took effect today, update figures and computations to reflect the updated federal minimum wage, which increased to $7.25 per hour in 2009.

Yet what is more interesting about these regulations, which were initially proposed in mid-2008, is what they chose not to do. Despite receiving numerous comments over the nearly three-year period during which these proposed regulations were up for review, the DOL simply chose to defer consideration of the more substantive matters that were addressed by the original regulations, reducing the 29-page ruling to little more than technical cleanup.

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