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Overtime rule pushed to August; OSHA injury tracking expected this month

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Employers will have to wait at least a few more months for some long-awaited regulatory changes, the U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday.

A proposal to increase the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime salary threshold previously expected in May has been pushed to August, DOL’s Wage and Hour Division indicated in its spring regulatory agenda.

A final rule expected from WHD, one that would likely tighten rules for classifying workers as independent contractors, was similarly delayed to August. Just days before the agency published its agenda, it also indicated in a court filing that it expects to have the independent contractor rule out soon — by October at the latest.

The agency’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration also extended its timeline for a potential rulemaking on heat illness and final rules on electronic reporting for injuries and illnesses. The latter, initially slated for March, is now expected this month, OSHA said.

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