House members challenge DOL fiduciary efforts

By Melissa A. Winn, Employee Benefit News

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce “has strong reservations” about the Department of Labor’s efforts to require retirement advisers to follow a fiduciary standard, saying it could reduce access to retirement savings options and conflicts with the Dodd-Frank Act.

U.S. Department of Labor’s blueberry squeeze goes wrong

By Walter Olson, Outlawyered.com

I’ve got a new piece at Reason on how the U.S. Department of Labor stepped over the line when — relying on an obscure “hot goods” provision of the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act — it slapped an order on two Oregon blueberry growers forbidding them from selling their crop until they settled a (dubious) DoL demand for back pay for workers.

The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment

By Jim Clifton, Gallup

Here’s something that many Americans — including some of the smartest and most educated among us — don’t know: The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading.