Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Department of Labor publishes updated Rule list

Several agencies under the U.S. Department of Labor are making steady progress towards implementing a wide range of rules and guidelines that could put major burdens upon employers, including affirmative action programs, wages, hiring practices, drug testing and safety regulations. The agency's updated Rule List for 2012 gives human resources and safety professionals a look at what the Department is working on, giving them fair warning of things to come in the next two years.

Many of the rules which are in final rule-making phase come from three agencies - MSHA, OFCCP and OSHA. On this list is the DOL's proposed hiring mandate, which would compel employers to hire a mandated quota of handicapped applicants on federally-funded projects, which has been discussed on this blog before. 

Here are some of the rules in the final phase from the U.S. DOL agencies:

  • Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations of Contractors and Subcontractors
  • Application of the Fair Labor Standards Act to Domestic Service
  • Confined Spaces in Construction
  • Electrical Protective Equipment
  • Handling of Retaliation Complaints
  • Lowering Miners' Exposure to Coal Mine Dust 

 Read up and see how these rules might affect you.


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