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Department of Labor Opinion Letters

In April 2004 the US Department of Labor issued new regulations implementing the FLSA provisions on overtime. Please consult with an attorney before you rely on any DOL Opinion Letters concerning overtime requirements or exempt/nonexempt status of employees.

The DOL Opinion Letters are provided to SHRM courtesy of the Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor. The letters cover the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). They are dated between1992 - 2000, and represent an interpretation of the Acts by the Department of Labor.

These letters are answers to companies that have posed specific questions to DOL, and they are intended to answer only that question for that company. The opinions expressed by DOL in these letters are not meant to provide legal opinions for the general public; they can only be used by the company that requested them as a defense in court. The letters are provided as general information, because they are helpful in understanding how the agency would approach issues, and are not a substitute for legal counsel or other professional advice. To contact the Department of Labor with questions about opinion letters, please call 1-866-4-USA-DOL.

Any mention of the company or individual for which these letters were originally intended has been removed. Please note that any "attachments" or "enclosures" as referenced in opinion letters are not included in the database.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Advisory Letters

The EEOC advisory letters are provided to SHRM courtesy of the EEOC Office of Legal Counsel . The letters cover Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. They are dated between 1999-2005, and represent an interpretation of the Acts by the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. Letters prior to this time period are available directly from the Office of Legal Counsel upon request. Requests for letters dating prior to 1999 must contain fairly specific information, regarding the issue being addressed (i.e. the specific regulation, date issued, etc.).

These letters are answers to companies that have posed specific questions to the EEOC, and they are intended to answer only that question for that company. The opinions expressed by the EEOC in these letters are not meant to provide legal opinions for the general public. The letters are provided as general information, because they are helpful in understanding how the agency would approach issues, and are not a substitute for legal counsel or other professional advice.

Any mention of the company or individual for which these letters were originally intended has been removed. Please note that any "attachments" or "enclosures" as referenced in advisory letters are not included in the database.

If you have specific questions about the content of a letter, please contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at (202) 663-4900 or info@ask.eeoc.gov. Please include your zip code and/or city and state to ensure your email is sent to the appropriate office.

Shari Lau

Knowledge Manager

slau@shrm.org

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