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DOL Offers New Wage and Hour Compliance Advice

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division issued opinion letters offering employers guidance on various pay practices, specifically relating to calculating overtime pay as part of nondiscretionary bonuses and rounding practices for calculating hours worked.
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Average Hourly Earnings Increase 0.2% in June, CPI Increases 0.1%

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that real average hourly earnings for all employees increased 0.2 percent from May to June. This result stems from a 0.2-percent increase in average hourly earnings combined with a 0.1-percent increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Real average hourly earnings increased 1.5 percent from June 2018 to June 2019. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with a 0.3-percent decrease in the average workweek resulted in a 1.2-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.

Federal Contractor Pays $226K to Resolve Pay, Hiring Discrimination Allegations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance has announced the settlement of pay discrimination and systemic hiring discrimination allegations at a federal contractor’s facilities in California and Washington. In total, Universal Protection Service LP, the new owner of both facilities, will provide $226,351 in monetary relief to aggrieved individuals and make 25 job offers to original applicants. Universal Protection Service holds numerous security and technology-based contracts with federal government agencies, departments, and institutions.
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