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Workplace Oversight May Be Dialed Back Under Supreme Court Case

Dec. 18, 2018, 10:56 AM

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on whether courts must defer to agencies’ interpretations of ambiguous rules could hit some labor and employment law enforcers harder than others.

Decisions that give workplace agencies less leeway to issue legally binding interpretations carry a range of potential consequences. Employers could face less aggressive oversight but also miss out on useful guidance.

The Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division and Occupational Safety and Health Administration seem to have the most leeway to lose, followed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, according to several lawyers and legal scholars. The National Labor Relations Board might not...

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