DE OFCCP Week In Review (WIR)The DE OFCCP Week in Review (WIR) is a simple, fast and direct summary of relevant happenings in the OFCCP regulatory environment, authored by experts John C. Fox, Candee Chambers and Jennifer Polcer. In today’s edition, they discuss:

Monday, July 22, 2019: New Opinion Letter from WHD

Official Logo for the US Department of Labor's Wage and Hour DivisionThe Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued a new opinion letter (FLSA2019-10) that addresses compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The Question

Does the time spent in a truck’s sleeper berth count as compensable hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)?

The Opinion

No, however, there may be exceptions. The time drivers are relieved of all duties and permitted to sleep in a sleeper berth is presumptively non-working time that is not compensable. There may be circumstances, however, where a driver who retires to a sleeping berth is unable to use the time effectively for his or her own purposes. For example, a driver who is required to remain on call or do paperwork in the sleeping berth may be unable to effectively sleep or engage in personal activities; in such cases, the time is compensable hours worked.

The Significance

Under prior guidance, WHD interpreted the relevant regulations to mean that while sleeping time may be excluded from hours worked where “adequate facilities” were furnished, only up to 8 hours of sleeping time may be excluded in a trip 24 hours or longer, and no sleeping time may be excluded for trips under 24 hours.

 

Monday, July 22, 2019: OFCCP Issued Opinion Letter

logo for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued its second Opinion Letter since the inception of the guidance tool back in December of 2018.

The Question

Can Government Contractors work with OFCCP to develop a Pay Analysis Group (PAG) structure that OFCCP would accept as valid for use in future OFCCP audits?

The Opinion

In accordance with the Directive 2018-05, contractors have the opportunity to submit their PAG structure for review and to receive feedback from OFCCP, which OFCCP would take into account in future compliance evaluations. However, OFCCP is unable to conclusively agree that it will rely upon specific, predetermined PAGs in all future compliance evaluations as there may have been material changes to factors OFCCP considered in its initial evaluation of the contractor’s PAGs.

 

Friday, July 26, 2019: ADA Celebrated 29 Years

Logo fro the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) 29th AnniversaryThe Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law 29 years ago. This landmark legislation prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of disability and helps ensure all Americans have equal access to employment. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration posted a page highlighting government and nonprofit entities which provide technical assistance resources to support American Job Centers, employers, and individuals with disabilities.

 

THIS COLUMN IS MEANT TO ASSIST IN A GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE CURRENT LAW AND PRACTICE RELATING TO OFCCP. IT IS NOT TO BE REGARDED AS LEGAL ADVICE. COMPANIES OR INDIVIDUALS WITH PARTICULAR QUESTIONS SHOULD SEEK ADVICE OF COUNSEL.

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