Thursday, 13 May 2010

DOL to release final rules implementing two President Obama executive orders

The Associated Builders and Contactors reports the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its regulatory agenda, including agendas for the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and the Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS), both of which have plans to issue final rules on President Obama executive orders.

Under WHD’s agenda, Executive Order 13495, which mandates federal contracts covered by the Service Contract Act include a clause allowing workers employed under a previous contract the first chance at any non-managerial and non-supervisory positions they are qualified for, will see a final rule issued by June. OLMS is also planning to issue a final rule by June implementing Executive Order 13496, which will mandate the size and content of the notice employers will be required to post that contains employees’ rights under federal labor laws.

In addition to WHD and OLMS agendas, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) agenda targets federal construction directly with plans to issue a proposed regulation addressing affirmative action requirements for contractors on federal projects.

Other items contained in WHD’s agenda include plans to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking by August to update the Fair Labor Standards Act recordkeeping regulations for employees that telecommute or work a flexible schedule, and plans to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking by November that will seek to expand military leave entitlements.

The agenda for OLMS also contains plans to propose a rule by November that will narrow the scope of the “persuader” exemption under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, which exempts from reporting requirements advice given to employees by employers about their rights to organize and bargain collectively.

For a comprehensive listing of all DOL agenda items by agency, visit the DOL website. See the ABC news release Here.

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