The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that real average hourly earnings for all employees decreased 0.5 percent from June to July. This result stems from an increase of 0.5 percent in average hourly earnings combined with no change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Real average hourly earnings decreased 3.0 percent from July 2021 to July 2022.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has separately recovered $908,779 in back wages, benefits, and damages for 482 workers due to reported violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act, and Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act. The violations related to misclassification of construction workers as independent contractors, not paying overtime, not paying the required minimum wage for government contractors, and child labor violations.
For the second time in six months, frequently asked question (FAQ) guidance from federal regulators is calling attention to the requirement that employer-sponsored health plans provide coverage for women, without any cost sharing, for the full range of contraceptive methods approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).As the new FAQ guidance reminds employers, violators of the preventive care coverage requirements may be subject to the $100 per person per day excise tax.
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