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Affordable Care Act Whistleblower Complaint Procedures

On October 11, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a final rule that establishes procedures and time frames for handling whistleblower complaints under the Affordable Care Act (ACA); for hearings before US Department of Labor (DOL) administrative law judges in ACA retaliation cases; review of those decisions by the DOL Administrative Review Board; and judicial review of final decisions.

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Webinar: New DOL Guidance on Joint Employment: Navigating Heightened Scrutiny and Minimizing FLSA Liability

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
1:00-2:30 pm EDT

Join McDermott partner Kristin E. Michaels at this CLE webinar, which will review the far-reaching impact of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) recent guidelines greatly expanding joint-employer status.

The discussion will include the agency’s analysis of horizontal and vertical joint employment and the factors that point to joint-employer liability for wage and hour violations, as well as offer practical and strategic approaches for structuring agreements with subcontractors, independent contractors and contingent workers to minimize the risk of employer or joint-employer liability for FLSA violations.

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The Department of Labor Issues the Most Expansive Definition Yet of Joint-Employer Status

In its first major guidance of 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a definition of joint-employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act that is even broader than the definition of joint-employer status issued by the National Labor Relations Board last summer. Coupled with its 2015 guidance on the misclassification of independent contractors, the DOL has greatly expanded the definition both of who is an employee and who is an employer.

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DOL Issues Rule Extending FLSA Protections to Home Health Care Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a Final Rule narrowing the companionship exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and extending the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime protections to in-home health care workers.  This rule will make FLSA protections applicable to nearly 2 million additional workers, including certified nurse assistants, home health aides and personal caregivers.

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