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Department of Labor Announces Launch of Compliance Assistance Tools for New and Small Businesses

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the launch of the New and Small Business Assistance and the Compliance Assistance Toolkits webpages. As the DOL has stated, these new online tools assist American small businesses and workers with resources that provide critical Wage and Hour Division information, as well as links to other resources. The webpages provide the most relevant publications and answer the questions most frequently asked by new and small business owners. These toolkits were established in response to feedback from new and small business stakeholders who voiced their need for a central location to find the tools and information they need to comply with Federal Labor Laws. In addition to these new resources, the Wage and Hour Division recently made available compliance assistance videos. The videos provide brief, plain-language explanations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s requirements and protections. To learn more about the Wage and Hour Division, listen to this week’s Telebrief here.

Also in this week’s Telebrief: The Supreme Court is deciding whether it will review a case involving Title VII and the possible protection of transgendered workers. Also, the National Labor Relations Board extended the timeframe to submit comments on its proposed joint employer rulemaking. Finally, the potential impacts on employment law of the shift to a Democratic Majority House are discussed

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Howard Kurman | 410-209-6417

Howard K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.





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