U.S. Department of Labor Announces Denial of Comment Extension for Apprenticeship Rule
In a letter dated August 16, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the denial of multiple requests for a 30-day extension of the comment period related to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) titled Apprenticeship Programs, Labor Standards for Registration, Amendment of Regulations, 84 CFR 29970, also known as the “Apprenticeship Rule.” In issuing the denial, the DOL Office of Policy Development and Research (OPDR) notes that DOL believes that the 60-day comment period originally set out in the NPRM is a “reasonable and adequate” amount of time to provide notice and an opportunity for public comment. As evidence, OPDR cites the large volume of comments already submitted in relation to the NPRM as a demonstration that the public has had adequate time to meaningfully participate in the rulemaking.
As a result of this denial, DOL reinforced that the comment period on the apprenticeship rule is still subject to a deadline of August 26, 2019. You can obtain a copy of the denial letter here.