DOL Invites Input on Overtime

The Department of Labor under new Secretary Alex Acosta is inviting comments from businesses and other groups and individuals on the issue of the department overtime rule. Under the previous administration, the overtime threshold was more than doubled to $47,476, but enjoined by the court in November. Earlier this week, DOL sent a Request for…

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DOL Dumps Joint Employer Rule

It didn’t take new Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta too long to determine that the expanded definition of joint-employer by the Obama-era Labor Department (DOL) was a dramatic overreach and to fix it. Earlier this week, Acosta announced that the DOL had withdrawn the joint employer guideline. Recall back in 2015 that David Weil, DOL…

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No Acosta Vote Before Recess

Congress recessed last week without taking a vote on the nomination of Trump Labor Secretary-nominee Alex Acosta, so we are still without a Secretary of Labor. The latest projections are that a confirmation vote on the Acosta nomination will not happen before the last week of April. In the interim, the Department of Labor has…

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Acosta Confirmation Not Yet Scheduled

The franchise issue may have moved as scheduled in Florida, but the wheels of government turn much more slowly in the nation’s capital. Despite having been approved by the HELP Committee in the US Senate over one week ago, there is still no confirmation vote scheduled on the nomination of Alex Acosta as Labor Secretary…

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Acosta Approved by Committee

The likelihood of the Trump administration finally getting a new Secretary of Labor in place took a major step forward this week with the approval of Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta by the Senate Committee on Health Employment Labor and Pensions (HELP). The committee recommended his confirmation yesterday by a party-line vote of 12 –…

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That Most Elusive Hearing

When Andy Puzder was the Labor Secretary nominee, his confirmation hearing was scheduled, postponed and rescheduled no fewer than 5 times before he withdrew from consideration on February 15 – without a hearing ever taking place!. With current nominee Alex Acosta, confirmed for other posts by the Senate on 3 different occasions, most believed it…

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Hearing Set For Labor Nominee Acosta

The initial confirmation hearing on the nomination of Alexander Acosta as President Trump’s Labor Secretary has been scheduled. The Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) has scheduled the first of its Acosta confirmation hearings for 1:30 next Wednesday in the Dirksen Senate Office building. President Trump’s initial nominee, CKE Restaurant CEO Andy…

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Calmer Seas for Acosta

For the past few months, we’ve reported regularly on the ups and downs of former Trump Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder and the ultimately successful effort to derail his appointment. Early indications are that the new nominee for the business-critical post, Alexander Acosta, (here is a story on his time on the National Labor Relations…

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