Tag Archives: Federal Legislative Update

US DOL Announces the Effective Date of the Long-Await Increases to the Salary Level for Exempt Employees 

As anticipated, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a Final Rule that increases the minimum salary level for certain positions to qualify as exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The minimum salary level will increase in two phases as follows:  Effective July 1, 2024:   Effective January 1, 2025:  The final rule also […]

The FTC Bans Non-Compete Agreements 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently enacted a Final Rule banning non-compete agreements for most workers in the U.S. This decision follows months of debate and aims to promote fair competition in the job market.   Under the Final Rule, not only can businesses no longer make employees or contractors sign non-competes, but they also have […]

The DOJ Issues a Fact Sheet for Employers on the Use of Electronic Form I-9 

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a new employer fact sheet advising employers about avoiding unlawful discrimination and other Form I-9 violations when using software programs to complete I-9s. The fact sheet reminds employers to be cautious about software programs that claim to have government endorsement or that do not provide technical assistance and […]

EEOC Releases Final Guidance to Prevent Workplace Harassment 

On April 29, 2024, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published its final guidance on harassment in the workplace, “Enforcement Guidance on Harassment in the Workplace.” The guidance provides information on the legal standards and employer liability applicable to harassment claims under federal employment discrimination laws enforced by the EEOC and is intended to […]

USCIS Temporarily Increases the Automatic Extension Period For Certain Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) 

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a temporary final rule (TFR) to increase the automatic extension period for certain employment authorization documents (EADs) from up to 180 days to up to 540 days to prevent already work-authorized noncitizens from having their employment authorization and documentation lapse while waiting for USCIS to adjudicate their […]

The Next Prescription Drug Report to CMS Is Due Soon 

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, of 2021 (CAA) included a new annual reporting requirement for group health plans and health insurers to report certain specified data related to prescription drugs and other healthcare spending. As a result, insurance companies and employer-based health plans must submit information about prescription drugs and healthcare spending to the Centers for […]

EEOC Releases Final Regulations for Pregnant Workers Fairness Act  

On April 15, 2024, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final regulations for implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The EEOC began accepting charges of discrimination on June 27, 2023, the day on which the PWFA became effective.  For background, the PWFA requires most employers with 15 or more employees to provide […]

OSHA Releases 2023 Injury and Illness Data 

The Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) continues efforts to increase employer compliance. OSHA has released 2023 injury and illness data collected under the agency’s new Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses regulation published July 2023.  The data includes specific information submitted by more than 375,000 establishments on OSHA Form 300A Summary of Work-Related […]

The OFCCP Releases Guidance on Artificial Intelligence 

Federal contractors are obligated by equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws to prevent discrimination based on various factors, including race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, and status as a protected veteran. These obligations extend to the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in employment processes such as hiring, promotions, compensation, and terminations. […]

US DOL Issues Guidance on AI and Automated Systems in the Workplace under the FLSA and Other Federal Labor Laws 

President Biden’s Executive Order in October 2023 prompted the Department of Labor (DOL) to create guidelines on non-discrimination in hiring practices involving AI and other technology-based systems. In response, the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division published Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) No. 2024-1 on April 30, 2024. This bulletin, titled “Artificial Intelligence and Automated Systems in […]