The US Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a major process change, and believe it or not, HR professionals are celebrating it as good news. No, you haven’t walked into the Twilight Zone.
Last month, the agency announced that it was reviving the practice of issuing “opinion letters,” or statements clarifying key parts of existing wage and hour laws. These letters directly answer employer-submitted compliance questions and can subsequently be viewed as precedent in wage and hour claims. The decades-old practice was retired in 2010 by the Obama administration, who claimed that fielding employer questions so publicly and frequently was not sustainable.