On June 30, 2016, the United States Department of Justice published a final interim rule in the Federal Register that essentially doubled specific fines pertaining to immigration related offenses, including paperwork violations, and unlawful employment of unauthorized workers, among other practices.
On May 17, 2016 the Department of Labor finalized new regulations regarding the threshold salary for exempt (salaried) workers. Under current regulations, salaried workers making $455 or more per week ($23,660 per year) can be exempt from overtime rules. But beginning December 1, 2016, exempt salaried workers will have to make a minimum of $913 per week.
OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, reports that preventable noise-related hearing loss is a work hazard affecting millions of people each year. High noise levels cause both temporary and permanent hearing loss, depending on the amount and length of exposure. Other effects of exposure to noise include stress, reduced productivity, and interference with communication and concentration, which are contributing factors in accidents and injuries. Because of this, OSHA has developed a regulation to address occupational noise exposure, including rules on earphones.