Overtime-pay accounting fails materials testing firm

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor; CP staff

Louisiana Testing and Inspection Inc. has entered an agreement with the Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division to resolve violations of Fair Labor Standards Act overtime and recordkeeping provisions. The Scott, La., concrete and soils specialist will pay $100,400 in back wages; an equal, additional amount in liquidated damages; plus $10,800 in civil penalties.

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Contractors welcome judge’s blocking of Obama overtime rule

Sources: Associated Builders and Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

A Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division rule doubling the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) salary threshold for employees exempt from overtime pay—and automatically raising the bar on three-year intervals—will not take hold on a December 1 target, owing to a U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas preliminary injunction order.

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Constitutional protections thwart White House’s ‘blacklisting rule’

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Free speech and due process protections in the First and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution frame a judge’s preliminary injunction order that prevents the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council from implementing key provisions of its final rule—plus companion Department of Labor (DOL) guidance—supporting President Barack Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order.

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Feds prevail in ERISA-rooted charges against Cement Masons local officials

Sources: U.S. Department of Labor; CP staff

The Labor Department characterizes a U.S. District Court for the Central District of California decision against a Cement Masons Southern California Trust Funds trustee and attorney as a “victory for whistleblowers.” The court found that trustee and Cement Masons Local 600 business manager Scott Brain and trust counsel Melissa Cook violated two Employee Retirement Income Security Act sections when they caused the firing of Cheryle Robbins and Cory Rice.

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Bending to OSHA, steel giant relaxes policy on timely reporting of plant incidents, injuries

Sources: Occupational Safety & Health Administration; CP staff

To settle a Department of Labor complaint alleging Occupational Safety and Health Act violations, Pittsburgh-based United States Steel Corp. has agreed to rescind its Immediate Reporting Policy regarding workplace injuries as well as disciplinary measures against three Pennsylvania and Ohio plant workers to whom it had been applied.

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NRMCA, Builders, Contractors groups challenge proposed overtime requirements

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The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, along with Associated Builders & Contractors, Associated General Contractors of America, and the National Association of Home Builders, are representing concrete and construction interests in Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO). The Washington, D.C., coalition, opposes the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed rulemaking to alter Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime pay requirements with sharp salary threshold spikes.

 
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Fatal workplace injury rate rises slightly

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Department of Labor; CP staff

A preliminary total of 4,679 fatal work injuries recorded in the U.S. during 2014 marks a 2 percent increase over prior year figures, according to the BLS Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. Preliminary 2014 figures show a fatal work injury rate at 3.3 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, matching the 2013 level.

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Agencies issue proposed rule, guidance on contractor ‘Blacklisting’ EO

The federal agencies charged with implementing President Obama’s July 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order have released their much-anticipated proposed rule on this directive. The Department of Labor (DOL) issued a 106-page proposed guidance document, and the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), issued a 131-page proposed rule, governing the terms of the so-called “Blacklisting” Executive Order (EO).

 
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Federal contractor ‘blacklisting’ framework winds through White House, agencies

The Department of Labor has submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a proposed rule enacting President Obama’s July 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (E.O.), provisions in which can bar participation in federal projects if contractors or their subcontractors have violated labor laws in the past three years.

 
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