Request for Information on the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993; Extension of Comment Period
This notice extends the period for comments to be submitted on the request for information (``RFI'') published on December 1, 2006 (71 FR 69504) related to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (the ``FMLA'' or the ``Act''). That request for information invites the public to provide information to the Department of Labor (``Department'') to assist in its consideration and review of the Department's administration of the Act and the implementing regulations. The Department has received inquiries regarding the possibility of extending the comment period, particularly since the RFI was published in December and part of the comment period fell over the holidays. The comment period, which was to expire on February 2, 2007, is hereby extended 14 days to February 16, 2007 at 5 p.m. (EST).
Request for Information on the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993
This notice requests comments related to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (the ``FMLA'' or the ``Act''). The Employment Standards Administration, Wage and Hour Division, of the Department of Labor (the ``Department'') seeks information for its consideration and review of the Department's administration of the Act and implementing regulations. The Department held stakeholder meetings regarding the FMLA with more than 20 groups from December 2002-February 2003. Many of the subject matter areas in this request are derived from comments at those stakeholder meetings and also from (1) rulings of the Supreme Court of the United States and other federal courts over the past twelve years; (2) the Department's experience in administering the law; and (3) public input presented in numerous Congressional hearings and public comments filed with the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') in connection with three annual reports to Congress regarding the Costs and Benefits of Federal regulations in 2001, 2002, 2004. In addition, the Department has reviewed numerous source materials about issues associated with the FMLA. During this process, the Department has heard a variety of concerns expressed about the FMLA. Some of those concerns, however, are beyond the Department's statutory authority to address. Some are not. In this regard, the Department invites interested parties having knowledge of, or experience with, the FMLA to submit comments and welcomes any pertinent information that will provide a basis for ascertaining the effectiveness of the current implementing regulations and the Department's administration of the Act. The questions posed are not meant to be an exclusive list of issues for which the Department seeks commentary and information.
Department of Labor Regulatory Review and Update
The Department of Labor (DOL) is amending existing regulations to update obsolete non-substantive or nomenclature references in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). This action is intended to improve the accuracy of the agency's regulations and does not impose any new regulatory or technical requirements. DOL is also publishing concurrently a separate rule amending existing Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations to update obsolete non-substantive references.
Industries in American Samoa; Wage Order
The Department of Labor (DOL) is amending regulations to implement changes in the minimum wage rates applicable to various industry classifications in American Samoa under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA provides for a special industry committee appointed by the Secretary of Labor to determine minimum wage rates in American Samoa. Industry Committee for All Industries in American Samoa No. 26 (the Committee) met in public and executive session in Pago Pago, American Samoa during the week of June 20, 2005.
Service Contract Act Wage Determination OnLine Request Process
The Department of Labor (DOL) is amending two regulations to allow for full implementation of the Wage Determinations OnLine (WDOL) Internet Web site (http://www.wdol.gov) as the source for federal contracting agencies to use when obtaining wage determinations issued by the DOL for service contracts subject to the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) and for construction contracts subject to the Davis- Bacon Act and Related Acts (DBRA).
Special Industry Committee for All Industries in American Samoa; Appointment; Convention; Hearing
This document re-opens and extends the period for filing a pre-hearing statement in order to participate as a party in Industry Committee No. 26 for American Samoa.