Authorizing Electronic Payments of Civil Money Penalties, 59928-59931 [2019-23849]

Download as PDF 59928 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 216 / Thursday, November 7, 2019 / Rules and Regulations Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive: ■ 2019–21–08 Textron Aviation Inc. (Type Certificate Previously Held by Beechcraft Corporation) Airplanes: Amendment 39–19774; Docket No. FAA–2019–0853; Product Identifier 2019–CE–036–AD. (h) Follow-On Actions Before further flight after the inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD, do one of the following actions, as applicable: (1) If there are no cracks, no pitting, and no corrosion, check cable tension and make any necessary adjustments, and replace safety wire; or (2) If there is a crack or any pitting or corrosion, replace any damaged cable assembly. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective November 22, 2019. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to the following Textron Aviation Inc. (Type Certificate previously held by Beechcraft Corporation) airplanes, certificated in any category: (1) Models E33, E33A, E33C, F33, G33, 35– C33, 35–C33A, K35, M35, N35, P35, S35, V35, V35A, and 36, all serial numbers (S/Ns); (2) Model F33A, S/Ns CE–290 through CE– 680; (3) Model F33C, S/Ns CJ–26 through CJ– 128; (4) Model V35B, S/Ns D–9069 through D– 9961; and (5) Model A36, S/Ns E–185 through E–925. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/ Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 2710, Aileron Control System. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by reports of cracked and fractured right aileron flight control cable end fittings (terminal attachment fittings). The FAA is issuing this AD to detect and address damaged right aileron flight control cable end fittings. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in failure of the right aileron flight control cable assembly, un-commanded right roll of the airplane, and loss of roll control in the left direction, which may lead to loss of control of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Inspection Within 30 days after November 22, 2019 (the effective date of this AD) inspect the VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:54 Nov 06, 2019 Jkt 250001 forward and aft right aileron flight control cable end fittings that thread into the turnbuckle. To gain access to the end fittings, you must remove the front seats and floorboards and, if installed, the rear seats and under-seat closeout. The end fittings are located underneath the heating duct, just forward of the aft carry through spar. Note to paragraph (g) of this AD: Adjusting the turnbuckle relative to the end fittings will affect cable tension. (1) Remove any safety wire from the end fittings and turnbuckle, if installed. Remove any sleeving and tape on the shank of the cable end fittings without gouging or scratching the fitting surface. (2) Using a 10X magnification, a mirror, and a light source, inspect all exposed surfaces of both control cable end fittings for cracks, pitting, and corrosion. (i) Credit for Previous Actions (1) If you performed the actions required by paragraphs (g) and (h) of this AD before November 22, 2019 (the effective date of this AD) using one of the following documents, you met the requirements of this AD: (i) American Bonanza Society (ABS) Air Safety Foundation Beechcraft Control Cable Turn Buckle Inspection Recommendation, dated February 8, 2019; (ii) ABS Air Safety Foundation Recommended Beechcraft Control Cable Turnbuckle Inspection, Update 1, dated February 20, 2019; or (iii) ABS Air Safety Foundation Recommended Beechcraft Control Cable Turnbuckle Inspection, Update 2, dated August 8, 2019. (2) The ABS Air Safety Foundations recommended inspection documents are available on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2019–0853. You may also obtain copies of these documents by contacting the ABS at American Bonanza Society, 3595 N Webb Road, Suite 200, Wichita, KS 67226; email: info@bonanza.org; telephone: (316) 945–1700; fax: (316) 945– 1710; or internet: https://www.bonanza.org/. (j) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Wichita ACO Branch, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the manager of the certification office, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (k) of this AD. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. (k) Related Information For more information about this AD, contact Alan Levanduski, Aerospace Engineer, Wichita ACO Branch, FAA, 1801 Airport Road, Room 100, Wichita, Kansas 67209; phone: (316) 946–4161; fax: (316) 946–4107; email: alan.levanduski@faa.gov. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on November 1, 2019. Pat Mullen, Manager, Aircraft Certification Service, Small Airplane Standards Branch, AIR–690. [FR Doc. 2019–24325 Filed 11–6–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Wage and Hour Division 29 CFR Parts 500, 501, 580 and 801 RIN 1235–AA28 Authorizing Electronic Payments of Civil Money Penalties Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: In this final rule, the Department of Labor (Department) revises its regulations issued pursuant to the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA), the H–2A provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (H– 2A), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) governing the payment of civil money penalties (CMPs) assessed by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD). The regulatory revisions expand the CMP payment methods beyond the options specified in the current text by allowing for the payment of CMPs through an electronic payment alternative, and otherwise amend the regulations to ensure uniform payment instructions. The existing MSPA, H–2A, FLSA, and EPPA regulations require persons assessed a CMP under those statutory schemes to remit payment in person or by mail using a certified check or money order. In recognition of modern payment methods, the Department is amending these regulations to allow for payment of the CMPs via an electronic payment alternative, any successor system, or by any additional payment method that the Department may deem acceptable in the future. This action revises the regulatory text in the appropriate regulations SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\07NOR1.SGM 07NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 216 / Thursday, November 7, 2019 / Rules and Regulations administered by WHD. This action is intended to simplify payment methods for persons assessed a CMP, and does not impose any new regulatory requirements. DATES: This rule is effective November 7, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Waterman, Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation, Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S– 3502, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20210, telephone: (202) 693–0406 (this is not a toll-free number) or email: WHDPRAComments@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Publication of this document constitutes final action on these changes under the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553). Publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is unnecessary since the agency is merely updating its regulations to add alternatives for payment of CMPs and to improve consistency among its regulations. The rulemaking does not mandate payment via electronic payment method. This final rule is not a regulatory action under Executive Order 13771 because it is not a significant action under Executive Order 12866. I. Background The Department’s regulations at 29 CFR 500.144, 501.22, 580.18, and 801.43 provide instructions for the payment of CMPs assessed by WHD under MSPA, H–2A, the FLSA, and the EPPA. The instructions currently require that payment be remitted by certified check or money order, to be mailed or delivered to WHD. Many members of the public may find these payment methods sufficient. However, the Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service) analyzed WHD’s CMP payment process and recommended that Pay.gov be used as an electronic payment option to improve its cash management practices and reduce paper-based collections. WHD accepted Fiscal Service’s recommendation and has fully implemented Pay.gov as an additional method for paying CMPs. Pay.gov is a web transaction portal for public access to federal agency services, sponsored by the United States Department of the Treasury’s Fiscal Service.1 WHD believes that an electronic payment option provides members of the public with a faster and less costly payment method than the current options of delivering or mailing certified checks or money orders. Many members of the 1 See https://www.pay.gov/public/home/notices. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:54 Nov 06, 2019 Jkt 250001 public may find it in their interest to remit CMP payments electronically, thereby avoiding the costs associated with money orders, certified checks, certified mail, or courier service, as well as the cost of personnel time required to mail or deliver the CMP payments to WHD. The Department also recognizes that commonly accepted and preferred payment methods may continue to evolve. Accordingly, in this final rule, the Department adds an option for electronic payment of CMPs on www.pay.gov (or any successor system), permits payment via additional means that the Department may deem acceptable, and directs persons who wish to remit payment to WHD by certified check or money order to do so pursuant to WHD instructions that are provided during the resolution of a WHD investigation.2 II. Summary of Changes to the Regulations In 29 CFR 500.144, 501.22, 580.18, and 801.43, the regulatory text currently provides that a person assessed a CMP shall remit promptly by mail or in person the amount to the Secretary by certified check or money order, made payable to the order of WHD. The Department has added a payment alternative to all these provisions to allow persons the option of submitting payment of CMPs electronically through Pay.gov (or any successor system). Recognizing that commonly accepted and preferred payment methods may continue to evolve, the Department has further revised these regulations to permit payment via any additional payment method that the Department may deem acceptable in the future. Instructions for any such additional payment method would be provided during the resolution of a WHD investigation. Additionally, the current text of these regulations lack consistency in their instructions for mailing or delivering CMP payment to WHD when payment is made by certified check or money order. In this final rule, the Department has revised these regulations to eliminate those inconsistencies. III. Administrative Procedure Act Section 553(b)(3) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) provides that an agency is not required to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register and 2 The regulation at 29 CFR 503.26 similarly provides instructions for the payment of CMPs assessed by WHD under the H–2B provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This final rule does not amend 29 CFR 503.26. Any revisions to that regulation will be issued separately. PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 59929 solicit public comments when the agency has good cause to find that doing so would be ‘‘impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.’’ 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3). The Department finds that good cause exists to dispense with the notice and public comment procedures for these minor amendments to its regulations based on the conclusion that such procedures are unnecessary. This rule adds an electronic payment option for persons assessed a CMP to submit their CMP payments to the Department and makes other minor changes to ensure consistent payment instructions. This rule does not impose any new regulatory obligations. Therefore, the Department is issuing these regulatory revisions in a final rule. Section 553(d) of the APA provides that substantive rules should take effect not less than thirty (30) days after the date they are published in the Federal Register unless ‘‘otherwise provided by the agency for good cause found[.]’’ 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). Since this rule merely provides alternative payment mechanisms and does not impose any additional regulatory requirements, the Department finds it is unnecessary to delay the effective date of the rule. Accordingly, the Department finds that good cause exists to make this rule effective on the date of publication. IV. Executive Orders 12866, 13563; Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act; Regulatory Flexibility This rule has been drafted and reviewed in accordance with Executive Order 12866, section 1(b), Principles of Regulations, as affirmed by Executive Order 13563. Section 6(a)(3) of Executive Order 12866 requires that agencies assess both the costs and benefits of significant regulatory actions. Under Executive Order 12866, section 3(f), a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ is one that meets any of several specified conditions, including the following: Having an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more; creating a serious inconsistency or interfering with an action of another agency; materially altering the budgetary impact of entitlements or the rights of entitlement recipients, or raising novel legal or policy issues. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has determined that this rule is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, section 3(f) and waived review. This rule simply provides persons with alternative options for providing CMP payments to WHD and removes detailed, somewhat E:\FR\FM\07NOR1.SGM 07NOR1 59930 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 216 / Thursday, November 7, 2019 / Rules and Regulations inconsistent instructions for mailing or delivering checks or money orders for CMP payments. It does not impose any costs on employers or other persons, and does not meet any of the criteria for an economically significant rule specified by the Executive Order. Accordingly, there is no requirement for an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of the order. Because no notice of proposed rulemaking is required for this rule under section 553(b) of the APA, the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601) pertaining to regulatory flexibility do not apply to this rule. See 5 U.S.C. 601(2). Accordingly, the Department is not required to either certify that the final rule would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities or conduct a regulatory flexibility analysis. V. Paperwork Reduction Act The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) (PRA) requires that the Department consider the impact of paperwork and other information collection burdens imposed on the public. The Department has determined that this final rule is not subject to the PRA because any information collected under this rule is collected during the conduct of Department investigations, civil actions to which the agency is a party, or administrative proceedings, and therefore is exempt from the PRA’s requirements. See 44 U.S.C. 3518; 5 CFR 1320.4(a)(2). VI. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act This Final Rule has been reviewed in accordance with the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA). 2 U.S.C. 1501 et seq. For the purposes of the UMRA, this rule does not impose any Federal mandate that may result in increased expenditures by State, local or Tribal governments, or increased expenditures by the private sector, of more than $100 million in any year. VII. Executive Order 13132 (Federalism) The Department has reviewed this rule in accordance with the Executive Order on Federalism (Executive Order 13132, 64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999). This rule does not have federalism implications as outlined in Executive Order 13132. The rule does not have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:54 Nov 06, 2019 Jkt 250001 VIII. Executive Order 13175, Indian Tribal Governments The Department has reviewed this rule under the terms of Executive Order 13175 and determined it did not have ‘‘tribal implications.’’ The rule does not have ‘‘substantial direct effects on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal government and Indian tribes.’’ As a result, no Tribal summary impact statement has been prepared. List of Subjects 29 CFR Part 500 Administrative practice and procedure, Aliens, Housing, Insurance, Intergovernmental relations, Investigations, Migrant labor, Motor vehicle safety, Occupational safety and health, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Wages, Whistleblowing. 29 CFR Part 501 § 500.144 Civil money penalties—payment and collection. Where the assessment is directed in a final order by the Secretary or in a final judgment issued by a United States District Court, the amount of the penalty is immediately due and payable to the United States Department of Labor. The person assessed such penalty shall remit promptly the amount thereof, as finally determined, to the Secretary. Payment shall be made by certified check or money order made payable and delivered or mailed according to the instructions provided by the Department; through the electronic pay portal located at www.pay.gov or any successor system; or by any additional payment method deemed acceptable by the Department. PART 501—ENFORCEMENT OF CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS FOR TEMPORARY ALIEN AGRICULTURAL WORKERS ADMITTED UNDER SECTION 218 OF THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT 3. The authority citation for part 501 continues to read as follows: ■ Administrative practice and procedure, Agriculture, Aliens, Employment, Housing, Housing standards, Immigration, Investigations, Labor, Migrant labor, Penalties, Transportation, Wages. Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a), 1184(c), and 1188; 28 U.S.C. 2461 Note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); and Pub. L. 114–74 at § 701. 29 CFR Part 580 § 501.22 Civil money penalties—payment and collection. Administrative practice and procedure, Child labor, Penalties, Wages. 29 CFR Part 801 Administrative practice and procedure, Employment, Lie detector tests, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Dated: October 25, 2019. Cheryl M. Stanton, Administrator. For the reasons set forth above, the Department of Labor amends Title 29, Parts 500, 501, 580, and 801 of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows: PART 500—MIGRANT AND SEASONAL AGRICULTURAL WORKER PROTECTION 1. The authority citation for part 500 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: Pub. L. 97–470, 96 Stat. 2583 (29 U.S.C. 1801–1872); Secretary’s Order No. 01–2014 (Dec. 19, 2014), 79 FR 77527 (Dec. 24, 2014); 28 U.S.C. 2461 Note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); and Pub. L. 114–74, 129 Stat. 584. ■ 2. Revise § 500.144 to read as follows: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 ■ 4. Revise § 501.22 to read as follows: Where a civil money penalty is assessed in a final order by the WHD Administrator, by an ALJ, or by the Administrative Review Board (ARB), the amount of the penalty must be received by the WHD Administrator within 30 days of the date of the final order. The person assessed such penalty shall remit the amount thereof, as finally determined, to the Secretary. Payment shall be made by certified check or money order made payable and delivered or mailed according to the instructions provided by the Department; through the electronic pay portal located at www.pay.gov or any successor system; or by any additional payment method deemed acceptable by the Department. PART 580—CIVIL MONEY PENALTIES—PROCEDURES FOR ASSESSING AND CONTESTING PENALTIES 5. The authority citation for part 580 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 29 U.S.C. 9a, 203, 209, 211, 212, 213(c), 216; Reorg. Plan No. 6 of 1950, 64 Stat. 1263, 5 U.S.C. App; secs. 25, 29, 88 Stat. 72, 76; Secretary’s Order 01–2014 (Dec. 19, E:\FR\FM\07NOR1.SGM 07NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 216 / Thursday, November 7, 2019 / Rules and Regulations 2014), 79 FR 77527 (Dec. 24, 2014); 5 U.S.C. 500, 503, 551, 559; 103 Stat. 938. FEDERAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH REVIEW COMMISSION 6. Revise § 580.18(a) to read as follows: 29 CFR Part 2700 § 580.18 Collection and recovery of penalty. Procedural Rules To Permit Parties To File and Serve Documents Electronically ■ (a) When the determination of the amount of any civil money penalty provided for in this part becomes final under § 580.5 in accordance with the administrative assessment thereof, or pursuant to the decision and order of an Administrative Law Judge in an administrative proceeding as provided in § 580.12, or the decision of the Board pursuant to § 580.16, the amount of the penalty as thus determined is immediately due and payable to the U.S. Department of Labor. The person assessed such penalty shall remit promptly the amount thereof, as finally determined, to the Secretary. Payment shall be made by certified check or money order made payable and delivered or mailed according to the instructions provided by the Department; through the electronic pay portal located at www.pay.gov or any successor system; or by any additional payment method deemed acceptable by the Department. * * * * * PART 801—APPLICATION OF THE EMPLOYEE POLYGRAPH PROTECTION ACT OF 1988 7. The authority citation for part 801 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: Pub. L. 100–347, 102 Stat. 646, 29 U.S.C. 2001–2009; 28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990); Pub. L. 114–74 at § 701, 129 Stat 584. ■ 8. Revise § 801.43 to read as follows: § 801.43 Civil money penalties—payment and collection. Where the assessment is directed in a final order of the Department, the amount of the penalty is immediately due and payable to the United States Department of Labor. The person assessed such penalty shall remit promptly the amount thereof, as finally determined, to the Secretary. Payment shall be made by certified check or money order made payable and delivered or mailed according to the instructions provided by the Department; through the electronic pay portal located at www.pay.gov or any successor system; or by any additional payment method deemed acceptable by the Department. [FR Doc. 2019–23849 Filed 11–6–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–27–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:54 Nov 06, 2019 Jkt 250001 Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (‘‘the Commission’’) published interim rules on December 23, 2013, that permitted parties to file and serve documents electronically with the Commission, and permitted comments on the rules. The Commission is adopting those interim rules as final rules without making further changes. DATES: Effective date: This final rule is effective December 23, 2019. Comments due date: The Commission will accept written and electronic comments received on or before December 9, 2019. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be mailed to Michael A. McCord, General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 520N, Washington, DC 20004–1710. Electronic comments should state ‘‘Comments on Electronic Filing and Service Rules’’ in the subject line and be sent to RulesComments@fmshrc.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Stewart, Deputy General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, at (202) 434–9935. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: A. Background In 2013, the Commission published interim rules that permitted parties to file and serve documents electronically. 78 FR 77354 (Dec. 23, 2013). The Commission stated that in 2014, it would begin using a new electronic case management system (‘‘e-CMS’’) in order to more efficiently manage its caseload. The Commission explained that although parties may file documents electronically through the system, parties may also continue to file documents non-electronically as they have in the past. The Commission published changes to its procedural rules as interim rules in order to explicitly permit electronic filing and service. The Commission subsequently published a correction to one of the interim rules (79 FR 3104 (Jan. 17, PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 59931 2014)), and extended the comment period through July 31, 2014 (79 FR 20098 (Apr. 11, 2014)). The Commission received three comments on the interim rules. Of those, the Commission received two comments from the Secretary of Labor through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of the Solicitor. First, the Secretary noted that interim rule 29 CFR 2700.5(f)(1) provides that when filing is by electronic transmission, filing is effective upon ‘‘successful receipt by the Commission,’’ and requested clarification about what constitutes successful receipt by the Commission. Second, the Secretary commented that, as a practical matter, some documents may not be deliverable on the same day that a document is filed electronically, as required by interim rule 29 CFR 2700.7(c)(1). During the past five years, the Commission has handled on a case-bycase basis any questions regarding what constitutes successful receipt in terms of electronic filing and the inability to effect service on the same day that a document was filed electronically. Given the infrequency with which such circumstances arise, the Commission has determined that it is appropriate to continue its current practice without making changes to the interim rules. However, the Commission has placed an example illustrating successful receipt in the electronic filing instructions on its website (www.fmshrc.gov). The third comment that the Commission received noted that there is no Commission procedural rule that specifically requires that all pleadings be signed, although interim rule 29 CFR 2700.6 sets forth the manner in which pleadings should be signed and by whom. The commenter further questioned whom should sign a pleading in a discrimination proceeding brought by the Secretary on behalf of a miner pursuant to 30 U.S.C. 815(c)(2). The Commission has determined that such comments do not pertain to the electronic filing and service changes addressed by the interim rules. Accordingly, the Commission has determined that it need not change the interim rules to address this comment. However, the Commission is currently drafting a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding changes to its procedural rules that are not restricted to electronic filing and service. The Commission is considering the third comment in the context of that proposed rulemaking. E:\FR\FM\07NOR1.SGM 07NOR1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 216 (Thursday, November 7, 2019)]
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[FR Doc No: 2019-23849]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Wage and Hour Division

29 CFR Parts 500, 501, 580 and 801

RIN 1235-AA28


Authorizing Electronic Payments of Civil Money Penalties

AGENCY: Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: In this final rule, the Department of Labor (Department) 
revises its regulations issued pursuant to the Migrant and Seasonal 
Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA), the H-2A provisions of the 
Immigration and Nationality Act (H-2A), the Fair Labor Standards Act 
(FLSA), and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) governing the 
payment of civil money penalties (CMPs) assessed by the Wage and Hour 
Division (WHD). The regulatory revisions expand the CMP payment methods 
beyond the options specified in the current text by allowing for the 
payment of CMPs through an electronic payment alternative, and 
otherwise amend the regulations to ensure uniform payment instructions. 
The existing MSPA, H-2A, FLSA, and EPPA regulations require persons 
assessed a CMP under those statutory schemes to remit payment in person 
or by mail using a certified check or money order. In recognition of 
modern payment methods, the Department is amending these regulations to 
allow for payment of the CMPs via an electronic payment alternative, 
any successor system, or by any additional payment method that the 
Department may deem acceptable in the future. This action revises the 
regulatory text in the appropriate regulations

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administered by WHD. This action is intended to simplify payment 
methods for persons assessed a CMP, and does not impose any new 
regulatory requirements.

DATES: This rule is effective November 7, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Waterman, Division of 
Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation, Wage and Hour Division, 
U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-3502, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, 
Washington, DC 20210, telephone: (202) 693-0406 (this is not a toll-
free number) or email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Publication of this document constitutes 
final action on these changes under the Administrative Procedure Act (5 
U.S.C. 553). Publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is 
unnecessary since the agency is merely updating its regulations to add 
alternatives for payment of CMPs and to improve consistency among its 
regulations. The rulemaking does not mandate payment via electronic 
payment method.
    This final rule is not a regulatory action under Executive Order 
13771 because it is not a significant action under Executive Order 
12866.

I. Background

    The Department's regulations at 29 CFR 500.144, 501.22, 580.18, and 
801.43 provide instructions for the payment of CMPs assessed by WHD 
under MSPA, H-2A, the FLSA, and the EPPA. The instructions currently 
require that payment be remitted by certified check or money order, to 
be mailed or delivered to WHD. Many members of the public may find 
these payment methods sufficient. However, the Department of the 
Treasury's Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service) analyzed WHD's 
CMP payment process and recommended that Pay.gov be used as an 
electronic payment option to improve its cash management practices and 
reduce paper-based collections. WHD accepted Fiscal Service's 
recommendation and has fully implemented Pay.gov as an additional 
method for paying CMPs. Pay.gov is a web transaction portal for public 
access to federal agency services, sponsored by the United States 
Department of the Treasury's Fiscal Service.\1\ WHD believes that an 
electronic payment option provides members of the public with a faster 
and less costly payment method than the current options of delivering 
or mailing certified checks or money orders. Many members of the public 
may find it in their interest to remit CMP payments electronically, 
thereby avoiding the costs associated with money orders, certified 
checks, certified mail, or courier service, as well as the cost of 
personnel time required to mail or deliver the CMP payments to WHD. The 
Department also recognizes that commonly accepted and preferred payment 
methods may continue to evolve. Accordingly, in this final rule, the 
Department adds an option for electronic payment of CMPs on www.pay.gov 
(or any successor system), permits payment via additional means that 
the Department may deem acceptable, and directs persons who wish to 
remit payment to WHD by certified check or money order to do so 
pursuant to WHD instructions that are provided during the resolution of 
a WHD investigation.\2\
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    \1\ See https://www.pay.gov/public/home/notices.
    \2\ The regulation at 29 CFR 503.26 similarly provides 
instructions for the payment of CMPs assessed by WHD under the H-2B 
provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This final rule 
does not amend 29 CFR 503.26. Any revisions to that regulation will 
be issued separately.
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II. Summary of Changes to the Regulations

    In 29 CFR 500.144, 501.22, 580.18, and 801.43, the regulatory text 
currently provides that a person assessed a CMP shall remit promptly by 
mail or in person the amount to the Secretary by certified check or 
money order, made payable to the order of WHD. The Department has added 
a payment alternative to all these provisions to allow persons the 
option of submitting payment of CMPs electronically through Pay.gov (or 
any successor system). Recognizing that commonly accepted and preferred 
payment methods may continue to evolve, the Department has further 
revised these regulations to permit payment via any additional payment 
method that the Department may deem acceptable in the future. 
Instructions for any such additional payment method would be provided 
during the resolution of a WHD investigation. Additionally, the current 
text of these regulations lack consistency in their instructions for 
mailing or delivering CMP payment to WHD when payment is made by 
certified check or money order. In this final rule, the Department has 
revised these regulations to eliminate those inconsistencies.

III. Administrative Procedure Act

    Section 553(b)(3) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) 
provides that an agency is not required to publish a notice of proposed 
rulemaking in the Federal Register and solicit public comments when the 
agency has good cause to find that doing so would be ``impracticable, 
unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.'' 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3). 
The Department finds that good cause exists to dispense with the notice 
and public comment procedures for these minor amendments to its 
regulations based on the conclusion that such procedures are 
unnecessary. This rule adds an electronic payment option for persons 
assessed a CMP to submit their CMP payments to the Department and makes 
other minor changes to ensure consistent payment instructions. This 
rule does not impose any new regulatory obligations. Therefore, the 
Department is issuing these regulatory revisions in a final rule.
    Section 553(d) of the APA provides that substantive rules should 
take effect not less than thirty (30) days after the date they are 
published in the Federal Register unless ``otherwise provided by the 
agency for good cause found[.]'' 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). Since this rule 
merely provides alternative payment mechanisms and does not impose any 
additional regulatory requirements, the Department finds it is 
unnecessary to delay the effective date of the rule. Accordingly, the 
Department finds that good cause exists to make this rule effective on 
the date of publication.

IV. Executive Orders 12866, 13563; Small Business Regulatory 
Enforcement Fairness Act; Regulatory Flexibility

    This rule has been drafted and reviewed in accordance with 
Executive Order 12866, section 1(b), Principles of Regulations, as 
affirmed by Executive Order 13563. Section 6(a)(3) of Executive Order 
12866 requires that agencies assess both the costs and benefits of 
significant regulatory actions. Under Executive Order 12866, section 
3(f), a ``significant regulatory action'' is one that meets any of 
several specified conditions, including the following: Having an annual 
effect on the economy of $100 million or more; creating a serious 
inconsistency or interfering with an action of another agency; 
materially altering the budgetary impact of entitlements or the rights 
of entitlement recipients, or raising novel legal or policy issues.
    The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has determined that this rule is 
not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive Order 12866, 
section 3(f) and waived review. This rule simply provides persons with 
alternative options for providing CMP payments to WHD and removes 
detailed, somewhat

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inconsistent instructions for mailing or delivering checks or money 
orders for CMP payments. It does not impose any costs on employers or 
other persons, and does not meet any of the criteria for an 
economically significant rule specified by the Executive Order. 
Accordingly, there is no requirement for an assessment of potential 
costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of the order.
    Because no notice of proposed rulemaking is required for this rule 
under section 553(b) of the APA, the requirements of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601) pertaining to regulatory flexibility do 
not apply to this rule. See 5 U.S.C. 601(2). Accordingly, the 
Department is not required to either certify that the final rule would 
not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities or conduct a regulatory flexibility analysis.

V. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) (PRA) 
requires that the Department consider the impact of paperwork and other 
information collection burdens imposed on the public. The Department 
has determined that this final rule is not subject to the PRA because 
any information collected under this rule is collected during the 
conduct of Department investigations, civil actions to which the agency 
is a party, or administrative proceedings, and therefore is exempt from 
the PRA's requirements. See 44 U.S.C. 3518; 5 CFR 1320.4(a)(2).

VI. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    This Final Rule has been reviewed in accordance with the Unfunded 
Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA). 2 U.S.C. 1501 et seq. For the 
purposes of the UMRA, this rule does not impose any Federal mandate 
that may result in increased expenditures by State, local or Tribal 
governments, or increased expenditures by the private sector, of more 
than $100 million in any year.

VII. Executive Order 13132 (Federalism)

    The Department has reviewed this rule in accordance with the 
Executive Order on Federalism (Executive Order 13132, 64 FR 43255, 
August 10, 1999). This rule does not have federalism implications as 
outlined in Executive Order 13132. The rule does not have substantial 
direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national 
government and the States, or on the distribution of power and 
responsibilities among the various levels of government.

VIII. Executive Order 13175, Indian Tribal Governments

    The Department has reviewed this rule under the terms of Executive 
Order 13175 and determined it did not have ``tribal implications.'' The 
rule does not have ``substantial direct effects on one or more Indian 
tribes, on the relationship between the Federal government and Indian 
tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between 
the Federal government and Indian tribes.'' As a result, no Tribal 
summary impact statement has been prepared.

List of Subjects

29 CFR Part 500

    Administrative practice and procedure, Aliens, Housing, Insurance, 
Intergovernmental relations, Investigations, Migrant labor, Motor 
vehicle safety, Occupational safety and health, Penalties, Reporting 
and recordkeeping requirements, Wages, Whistleblowing.

29 CFR Part 501

    Administrative practice and procedure, Agriculture, Aliens, 
Employment, Housing, Housing standards, Immigration, Investigations, 
Labor, Migrant labor, Penalties, Transportation, Wages.

29 CFR Part 580

    Administrative practice and procedure, Child labor, Penalties, 
Wages.

29 CFR Part 801

    Administrative practice and procedure, Employment, Lie detector 
tests, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    Dated: October 25, 2019.
Cheryl M. Stanton,
Administrator.

    For the reasons set forth above, the Department of Labor amends 
Title 29, Parts 500, 501, 580, and 801 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations as follows:

PART 500--MIGRANT AND SEASONAL AGRICULTURAL WORKER PROTECTION

0
1. The authority citation for part 500 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: Pub. L. 97-470, 96 Stat. 2583 (29 U.S.C. 1801-1872); 
Secretary's Order No. 01-2014 (Dec. 19, 2014), 79 FR 77527 (Dec. 24, 
2014); 28 U.S.C. 2461 Note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation 
Adjustment Act of 1990); and Pub. L. 114-74, 129 Stat. 584.


0
2. Revise Sec.  500.144 to read as follows:


Sec.  500.144  Civil money penalties--payment and collection.

    Where the assessment is directed in a final order by the Secretary 
or in a final judgment issued by a United States District Court, the 
amount of the penalty is immediately due and payable to the United 
States Department of Labor. The person assessed such penalty shall 
remit promptly the amount thereof, as finally determined, to the 
Secretary. Payment shall be made by certified check or money order made 
payable and delivered or mailed according to the instructions provided 
by the Department; through the electronic pay portal located at 
www.pay.gov or any successor system; or by any additional payment 
method deemed acceptable by the Department.

PART 501--ENFORCEMENT OF CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS FOR TEMPORARY 
ALIEN AGRICULTURAL WORKERS ADMITTED UNDER SECTION 218 OF THE 
IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT

0
3. The authority citation for part 501 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a), 1184(c), and 1188; 28 
U.S.C. 2461 Note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act 
of 1990); and Pub. L. 114-74 at Sec.  701.


0
4. Revise Sec.  501.22 to read as follows:


Sec.  501.22  Civil money penalties--payment and collection.

    Where a civil money penalty is assessed in a final order by the WHD 
Administrator, by an ALJ, or by the Administrative Review Board (ARB), 
the amount of the penalty must be received by the WHD Administrator 
within 30 days of the date of the final order. The person assessed such 
penalty shall remit the amount thereof, as finally determined, to the 
Secretary. Payment shall be made by certified check or money order made 
payable and delivered or mailed according to the instructions provided 
by the Department; through the electronic pay portal located at 
www.pay.gov or any successor system; or by any additional payment 
method deemed acceptable by the Department.

PART 580--CIVIL MONEY PENALTIES--PROCEDURES FOR ASSESSING AND 
CONTESTING PENALTIES

0
5. The authority citation for part 580 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 29 U.S.C. 9a, 203, 209, 211, 212, 213(c), 216; Reorg. 
Plan No. 6 of 1950, 64 Stat. 1263, 5 U.S.C. App; secs. 25, 29, 88 
Stat. 72, 76; Secretary's Order 01-2014 (Dec. 19,

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2014), 79 FR 77527 (Dec. 24, 2014); 5 U.S.C. 500, 503, 551, 559; 103 
Stat. 938.


0
6. Revise Sec.  580.18(a) to read as follows:


Sec.  580.18  Collection and recovery of penalty.

    (a) When the determination of the amount of any civil money penalty 
provided for in this part becomes final under Sec.  580.5 in accordance 
with the administrative assessment thereof, or pursuant to the decision 
and order of an Administrative Law Judge in an administrative 
proceeding as provided in Sec.  580.12, or the decision of the Board 
pursuant to Sec.  580.16, the amount of the penalty as thus determined 
is immediately due and payable to the U.S. Department of Labor. The 
person assessed such penalty shall remit promptly the amount thereof, 
as finally determined, to the Secretary. Payment shall be made by 
certified check or money order made payable and delivered or mailed 
according to the instructions provided by the Department; through the 
electronic pay portal located at www.pay.gov or any successor system; 
or by any additional payment method deemed acceptable by the 
Department.
* * * * *

PART 801--APPLICATION OF THE EMPLOYEE POLYGRAPH PROTECTION ACT OF 
1988

0
7. The authority citation for part 801 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  Pub. L. 100-347, 102 Stat. 646, 29 U.S.C. 2001-2009; 
28 U.S.C. 2461 note (Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment 
Act of 1990); Pub. L. 114-74 at Sec.  701, 129 Stat 584.


0
8. Revise Sec.  801.43 to read as follows:


Sec.  801.43  Civil money penalties--payment and collection.

    Where the assessment is directed in a final order of the 
Department, the amount of the penalty is immediately due and payable to 
the United States Department of Labor.
    The person assessed such penalty shall remit promptly the amount 
thereof, as finally determined, to the Secretary. Payment shall be made 
by certified check or money order made payable and delivered or mailed 
according to the instructions provided by the Department; through the 
electronic pay portal located at www.pay.gov or any successor system; 
or by any additional payment method deemed acceptable by the 
Department.

[FR Doc. 2019-23849 Filed 11-6-19; 8:45 am]
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