The National Labor Relations Board has proposed a rule that would require employers to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act by posting a notice. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will be published in the Federal Register on December 22, 2010, and members of the public can submit comments on the proposal for 60 days, until February 22, 2011.
The U.S. Department of Labor proposed sweeping regulations to update the recordkeeping requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act in order to enhance the transparency and disclosure to workers of their status as “employee” or some other status, such as an independent contractor, and if an employee, how their pay is computed. Originally expected to be published at the end of 2010, the proposal is expected in April, 2011.
The U.S. Department of Labor is also requesting public comments on its preliminary interpretations of a new provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act that requires employers to provide nursing mothers with reasonable break time and a private space for expressing breast milk while at work. This new provision — the Break Time for Nursing Mothers Law — became law when the Affordable Care Act was signed by the in March 2010.