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DOL re-issues previously withdrawn wage-and-hour opinion letters

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The U.S. Department of Labor has reissued 17 previously withdrawn opinion letters concerning the Fair Labor Standards Act. Most were written during the George W. Bush administration.

In 2009, however, the Obama administration withdrew the opinion letters for further consideration by the Wage and Hour Division, promising to “provide a further response in the near future.” That never happened.

What are opinion letters?

Opinion letters address specific questions submitted to the DOL and WHD. They function as an important form of guidance for employers struggling to comply with the FLSA and other laws enforced by the DOL.

During the Obama administration, the DOL discontinued the longstanding practice of issuing opinion letters and did not issue any new ones. Instead, it issued a handful of general guidance documents referred to as “Administrator’s Inter­­pre­­ta­­tions.”

Current Secretary of Labor Alex Acost...(register to read more)

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