DOL Issues Two New Opinion Letters

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Hey Compliance Warriors! The U.S. Department of Labor today announced two new opinion letters that address compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Read on…
 An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) on how a particular law applies in specific circumstances presented by the person or entity that requested the letter. The opinion letters issued today are:
  • FLSA2020-15: Addressing the compensability of time that employees spend attending voluntary training programs in certain situations.
  • FLSA2020-16: Addressing compensability of employee travel time in certain situations involving construction sites located away from the employer’s principal place of business.
The public can search for existing opinion letters by keyword, year, topic, and a variety of other filters on the Department’s website. The Department also encourages the public to submit requests for opinion letters to WHD to obtain an opinion or to determine whether existing guidance already addresses their questions. The Division exercises its discretion in determining whether and how it will respond to each request.


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