Lawyers Bemoan Loss Of DOL Opinion Letters

Law360, New York (May 21, 2010, 5:37 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Labor has abandoned its practice of providing opinion letters tailored to employers' specific wage-and-hour compliance questions and begun issuing "administrator interpretations" of the law, cutting off a safe harbor that employers relied on for decades.

Lawyers told Law360 they first discovered that the DOL would no longer issue opinion letters — and that a new procedure for providing interpretive guidance had been put in place — when the Wage and Hour Division issued its first administrator interpretation on March 24.

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