California Agrees on $15 Minimum Wage

In a surprise one-sided agreement, California Governor Jerry Brown, legislative leaders and labor unions agreed to increase the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.  Small businesses are said to be granted an additional year to comply. The agreement resulted from discussions between the legislature, the Governor’s office and a number of labor…

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DOL Finalizes Persuader Rule

On Wednesday of this week, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule of the “Advice” Exemption in Section 203(c) of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act – more commonly known as the persuader rule.  In the context of unionization efforts within a business, the rule requires employers to disclose to DOL conversations with…

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Congress Tries To Reign In DOL Overtime Rule

The aforementioned persuader rule is only one of a host of significant changes being foisted upon American business by the Department of Labor.  As we reported last week, DOL has sent its proposed final rule on the overtime threshold to OMB for final approval prompting Congress to consider legislation to overturn DOL’s dramatic expansion of…

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Department of Labor Pushes Mandatory Sick Leave

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) tipped their hand by sending one of their executives to Massachusetts to testify in support of a legislative proposal mandating sick leave for all private sector employees.  This week, they threw in for “the full Monty” with the department formally proposing a rule that will mandate paid sick…

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DOL Looks to Expedite New OT Rule

Last fall, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a regulatory agenda targeting this coming July for the release of its final rule on the implementation of the new overtime “white collar exemption”.  It is beginning to look however, like DOL will expedite the new OT rules and make it effective as early as the spring! …

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DOL Official Endorses Paid Sick Leave

As if sticking it to business through the aforementioned overtime rule wasn’t enough transformation, Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu came to Massachusetts last week to advocate for the adoption of mandated paid family and medical leave for all employees.  The administration’s push for national paid sick leave mandates has not gotten any traction in…

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West Virginia Tees Up Right-to-Work

The West Virginia Legislature has passed legislation and sent it to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin that would make West Virginia the 26th state with a right-to-work law.  “Right to work” gives an employee the legal right to opt out of paying union dues.  Last week, the House passed the “Establishing West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act”…

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DOL Issues New Guidance on Joint-Employer

The Department of Labor this week released a new interpretation on the joint employer issue that franchisees need to be aware of.  David Weil, Administrator of the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division, and the individual most responsible for the application of joint employer as it relates wage and overtime protections released the guidance and then…

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Cuomo Expands Minimum Wage

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo continues his aggressive push to establish a $15/hour threshold across the state.  Last week, he participated in a rally in New York City with Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, a gaggle of union leaders, elected officials, clergy and other advocates to announce that the minimum wage for state university workers would…

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More NLRB Regulatory Rewrites

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues to rewrite a host of definitions under the National Labor Relations Act, much to the dismay of many business interests.  Just over a month ago, and coming on the heels of the Browning-Ferris decision that speaks to joint employer status in third party business relationships, the Board ruled…

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