Trump Labor Department Will Take Close Look

The now-enjoined new overtime regulation may not be the only rule with which the Trump administration takes a different view than Obama officials did.  In a video message released on Monday, President-elect Donald Trump said he will “direct the Department of Labor to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker.”  It…

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NLRB and Joint-Employer, Again

Notwithstanding the judicial pounding the Obama administration and its regulatory schemes have been taking by the courts (and the electorate), the National Labor Relations Board is not deterred.  The agency recently announced they will appoint 5 administrative law judges from the Social Security Administration to replace those scheduled to retire at the end of this…

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County Complexity

Barrington, Illinois is geographically located in both Cook County and Lake County, so the recent passage of mandatory sick leave and a much higher minimum wage in Cook County posed a sticky dilemma for many of the businesses in Barrington.  The town responded quickly to resolve the issues however by passing an ordinance this week…

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“If It Wasn’t for Texas!”

No, I’m not singing the George Straight country song, rather I’m reporting that the federal court in Texas has permanently enjoined the Obama administration from implementing its new persuader rule.  Recall that the so-called “persuader rule”, finalized by the Department of Labor back in March of this year, required law firms and any other consultants…

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CBO Blasts DOL Overtime Rule

The bipartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this week took aim at another Obama Administration regulatory scheme in a report released earlier this week.  The Economic Effects of Canceling Scheduled Changes to Overtime Regulations, released by the CBO November 14, confirmed that canceling the new overtime regulation would result in lower employers’ payroll and compliance costs…

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New Joint-Employer Suit Filed

As courts strike down more of the Obama administration’s revised regulations, one of them that may most directly impact franchising served as the basis for another class action suit this week as more employees with a grievance try to get the “deep pockets” into court for liability.  This case was brought in Cook County, Illinois…

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SHOP Waives Minimum Through December 15

Notwithstanding that there will be a new administration in place come January 20 and that President-elect Trump has proposed repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) when he takes office, businesses are still required to comply with the provisions of Obamacare until that time. Eligible small businesses looking to enroll their employees through the Small Business…

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What About Health Care?

With President-elect Trump promising to repeal Obama Care and both houses of Congress controlled by the Republicans, one could easily assume that the ACA will be repealed early on in the Trump presidency.  That may be easier said than done however.  Although it’s true that republicans will control both branches of Congress, they will not…

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Voters Mandate Paid Leave

Provisions in the ballot questions of two of the aforementioned states also mandate that private employers provide paid leave to employees under certain circumstances. Washington’s Initiative 433 (I-433) provides that beginning in 2018, employees will earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked.  Proposition 206 in Arizona, which passed by a…

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Affordable Care Act Still Becoming Less So

In a refreshing moment of candor and transparency, the Obama administration this week acknowledged that premiums for the so-called Affordable Care Act will increase on average by 25% across the country.  Just last week, recall that the President defended the health care mandate in a Miami speech and argued that the Republican-led Congress was to…

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