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News Release

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Wage and Hour Opinion Letters

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced today that it has issued six new opinion letters. This release demonstrates the agency's continued commitment to providing meaningful compliance assistance to help employees understand their rights and ensure that employers have the information they need to comply with federal labor laws. The letters released today address compliance under both the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

"Opinion letters help provide greater clarity for American job creators and employees," said Wage and Hour Division Deputy Administrator Bryan Jarrett. "The opinion letters issued today show the ongoing efforts of the Department to provide the tools employers need to comply with the law and protect workers."

The opinion letters issued today address the following issues:

  • Organ donors' qualification for FMLA leave
  • Compensability of time spent voluntarily attending benefit fairs and certain wellness activities
  • Application of the movie theater overtime exemption to a movie theater that also offers dining services
  • Application of the commissioned sales employee overtime exemption to a company that sells an internet payment software platform
  • Volunteer status of nonprofit members serving as credentialing examination graders
  • "No-fault" attendance policies and roll-off of attendance points under the FMLA

The Department now offers a search function allowing users to search opinion letters by key word, year, topic, and a variety of other filters.

An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by WHD on how a particular law applies in specific circumstances presented by the person or entity requesting the letter. The public is encouraged to submit requests for opinion letters to WHD and can visit this webpage to learn how to request an opinion letter or determine whether existing agency guidance already addresses their questions.

A request for an opinion must include a representation that the opinion is not sought by a party in a Wage and Hour investigation, its representative, or any third party acting on its behalf; or by a party, its representative, or any third party acting on its behalf for use in any litigation that was initiated prior to the submission of the opinion letter request. WHD will exercise discretion in determining whether and how it will respond to each request.

Wage and Hour Division
August 28, 2018
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Media Contact: Megan Sweeney
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