Expect Flurry of Final and Proposed Rules

- The Trump administration labor rulemaking output will expand significantly in the coming month, acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella said.

“I won’t say which, but I’m anticipating we’ll have four rules go final and we’ll probably issue a dozen or so” proposed rules before the current fiscal year ends on Sept. 30, Pizzella said in an interview Aug. 29.

The Labor Department currently has five final regulations awaiting White House approval before public release, including rules to set a new salary threshold for overtime pay eligibility; determine drug testing for state jobless benefits; revise requirements for protecting workers from toxic beryllium dust; and update the employer certification process for agricultural visas.

The proposals in the White House review pipeline would extend financial reporting requirements to public sector mid-level union chapters; clarify tip regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act; and give businesses more flexibility in paying overtime to workers with fluctuating schedules.

Another high-priority final rule for the White House and business community, a regulation to narrow corporations’ joint employment liability with affiliated companies, should be completed before the end of 2019, Pizzella said.

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