Tag: DOL


Caution Advised for Employers Considering DOL’s New PAID Program

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) announcement of a pilot program aimed at getting employers to voluntarily work with the department to resolve “inadvertent” overtime and minimum wage violations represents an opportunity for employers to fix mistakes without litigation, but attorneys who work with employers on wage issues urge caution.


Exception to the Rule: Understanding the DOL Fiduciary Rule

In part one of this article, we covered the roles and responsibilities of a plan fiduciary and evaluated the new U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule’s impact, even though full implementation has been delayed—extended to July 1, 2019. In this article, we’ll cover the exception to the fiduciary rule, as well as some steps […]


ERISA, Other DOL Penalties Increased for 2018

Maximum penalties for violating many employment and benefits laws were increased as part of an inflation adjustment rule published January 2 (83 Fed. Reg. 7) by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).


3rd Circuit: Employees Entitled to Pay for Short Breaks During Day

In a recent precedential decision, the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—held that employers are obligated to pay employees for breaks of 20 minutes or less under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


DOL Extends Transition Period for Fiduciary Rule Exemptions

On November 27, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced an 18-month extension—from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019—of the special Transition Period for the Fiduciary Rule’s Best Interest Contract Exemption and the Principal Transactions Exemption, and of the applicability of certain amendments to Prohibited Transaction Exemption 84-24 (PTEs). This extension follows public comment […]


Software Glitch Causes $100K Benefits Shortfall, DOL Says

A recent U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division investigation of Alabama-based government contractor InfoPro Corp. found an unintentional software glitch caused employee health and welfare benefits to be underpaid from July 1, 2015, to September 30, 2016. Division investigators determined that InfoPro owed $126,329 in health and welfare benefits to 84 employees […]