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DOL stops issuing wage-and-hour opinion letters

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Looking for an answer to your fact-specific FLSA or overtime question? For 50 years, employers could ask the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to issue an “opinion letter” to provide guidance. But the DOL stopped the practice in April, replacing the letters with “administrator interpretations” designed to offer general guidance on federal pay laws.

The change signals how the DOL is now favoring employees over employers where pay disputes are concerned. For details and links to both kinds of guidance, visit


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