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On August 28, 2020, the Department published its Promoting Regulatory Openness through Good Guidance (PRO Good Guidance) Final Rule. Under the Department’s new Rule on Guidance, the Department will publish a quarterly list of guidance issued, modified, or withdrawn. View the list of guidance documents issued or modified in the 4th quarter of fiscal year 2020.
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This letter provides guidance on siblings using FMLA leave, as in loco parentis, and the need to provide parental care for a son or daughter 18 years or older.
This handbook sets forth the procedures to be followed in writing and issuing citations and orders for health, safety, training, and documentation violations at coal and metal and nonmetal mines.
Addressing whether certain distributors of a manufacturer's food products are employees or independent contractors under the FLSA.
Addressing whether the FLSA's "retail or service establishment" exemption applies to staffing firms that recruit, hire, and place employees on assignments with clients.
Addressing whether requiring tractor-trailer truck drivers to implement safety measures required by law constitutes control by the motor carrier for purposes of their status as employees or independent contractors under the FLSA, and whether certain owner-operators are properly classified as independent contractors.
Addressing whether certain local small-town and community news source journalists are creative or learned professionals under Section 13(a)(1) of the FLSA.
Addressing whether a restaurant may institute a tip pool under the FLSA that includes both servers, for whom the employer takes a tip credit, as well as hosts and hostesses, for whom a tip credit is not taken.
Addressing the proper calculation of overtime pay under the FLSA for tipped employees receiving tips and amounts charged as automatic gratuities or service charges.
Addressing whether certain entities satisfy the "establishment" requirement under Section 13(a)(3) of the FLSA, and whether an accrual method of accounting may be used to satisfy the "Receipts Test" under Section 13(a)(3)(B).
This handbook sets forth general procedures for conducting inspections of impoundments and tailings dams at coal and metal and nonmetal mines consistent with Section 103(a) of the Mine Act.