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DOL Issues 2024 Regulatory Agenda

Thursday, February 29, 2024 3:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

As part of the Biden administration’s Regulatory Plan, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has released its 2024 regulatory agenda.

The DOL first summarized the final rules that it issued during 2023, which included the following:

  • A final rule updating provisions of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts to ensure the payment of locally prevailing wages to construction workers on federally funded or assisted construction projects;
  • A final rule rescinding certain provisions concerning the religious exemption for federal contractors and subcontractors to comply with the nondiscrimination principles of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and reaffirming nondiscrimination protections for employees of federal contractors;
  • A final rule modifying DOL procedures for removing barriers to equal employment opportunity, particularly by resolving potential employment discrimination at federal contractor workplaces;

A final rule to provide better guidance on whether a worker is an employer or independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA);The DOL also outlined its priority agenda items for divisions of the agency as follows.

Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

  • A final rule updating the executive, administration, and professional exemptions for the FLSA; and
  • A final rule offering certain employees employed under federal service contracts a right of first refusal of employment when contracts change over to retain skilled workers in the federal services workforce.

Employee and Training Administration (ETA)

  • A proposed rule to establish a National Apprenticeship System.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

  • A proposed rule on Infectious Diseases to protect employees in healthcare and other high-risk environments from exposure to and transmission of persistent and new infectious diseases; and

A proposed rule updating standards for emergency response and preparedness to reflect the full range of hazards and concerns first responders face and changes in performance specifications for PPE. As a reminder, as benefit of CATA membership, dealers  receive employee relations and HR counsel from SESCO. Benefits include telephone, e-mail and research assistance regarding terminations and disciplinary matters, collective bargaining agreements, federal and state employment regulations, difficult people matters and all other HR Systems and Practices. In addition, CATA members receive attorney analysis and review of personnel policies, work rules and employee handbooks as well as HR assessment for wage and hour compliance.

SESCO also produces a bi-monthly newsletter. Highlights for this issue include:

  • A Case for and Against the Add-On Bonus Incentive
  • Immigration Law Compliance
  • FLSA Update

Download the latest issue HERE

Contact Jamie Hasty with specific questions at or 804-931-6281.

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