Rules Concerning Discretionary Review by the Secretary
The Department of Labor is issuing this final rule to establish a system of discretionary secretarial review over cases pending before or decided by the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals and to make technical changes to Departmental regulations governing the timing and finality of decisions of the Administrative Review Board and the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals to ensure consistency with the new discretionary review processes established in this rule and in Secretary's Order 01-2020.
Partial Lists of Establishments that Lack or May Have a “Retail Concept” Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
Section 7(i) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA or Act) provides an exemption from the Act's overtime compensation requirement for certain commissioned employees employed by a retail or service establishment. In this final rule, the Department of Labor (Department) withdraws the ``partial list of establishments'' that it previously viewed as having ``no retail concept'' and categorically unable to qualify as retail or service establishments eligible to claim the section 7(i) exemption; and the ``partial list of establishments'' that, in its view, ``may be recognized as retail'' for purposes of the exemption. Removing these lists promotes consistent treatment when evaluating section 7(i) exemption claims by treating all establishments equally under the same standards and permits the reevaluation of an industry's retail nature as developments progress over time. This withdrawal will also reduce confusion, as the list of establishments that ``may be recognized as retail'' did not necessarily affect the analysis as to whether any particular establishment was, in fact, retail.