US House Shortens Leash on Labor, NLRB

Earlier this week while deliberating the Labor-HHS-Education funding bill, the US House Committee on Rules advanced 58 different amendments, many of which significantly impact the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board. The amendments, which were scheduled for debate on the House floor beginning yesterday, include funding reductions for the NLRB and restricting…

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Court Strikes Down Overtime Rule

A federal court in Texas yesterday struck down the Obama-era overtime rule adopted by the Department of Labor. The rule, which more than doubled the overtime threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 was originally slated to take effect last December, but was enjoined by the court just a few days earlier. In yesterday’s decision, the court…

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Dismantle The NLRB?

The Circuit Court may have upheld the NLRB’s ruling in Specialty Healthcare, but the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) didn’t let that get in the way of their report calling for the agency to be dismantled. Under the noble goal of shrinking government, the CEI released a report earlier this week calling for the functions of…

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DOL Overtime Comments

Speaking of the doubling of the white collar overtime exemption, we would remind all of our subscribers that the Department of Labor has called for public comments on potential changes to the Obama administration’s overtime rule that increased the threshold from $23,660 to $47,476. That request for public comment published in the Federal Register is…

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At Least They’re Turning!

There’s that old saying that the wheels of government turn slowly, and they may even be stopped altogether in many instances, but, the reality is that the federal government is moving favorably for small business on a number of issues. The Department of Labor is moving forward on several fronts that you will want to…

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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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Persuader Rule Burial Likely Next Week

Notwithstanding that the Obama-era “persuader rule” never actually took effect, permanently enjoined by the courts right before it kicked in, it should die for good next week. Legal challenges to the rule, a union-friendly mandate that significantly increased the disclosure requirement on employers when fighting union representation efforts, are technically still alive for a few…

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DOL Prepares Rescission of Persuader Rule

It never even went into effect because implementation was permanently enjoined by the federal court in Texas, but the Obama administration’s so-called persuader rule is well on the way to being completely and formally erased by the Department of Labor. Recall that the persuader rule imposed strict reporting measures on employers when they were dealing…

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SCOTUS To Decide Tip Pooling Issue

It has been a point of contention – and a source of great income for some in the plaintiff’s bar – for the past several years, but the validity and breadth of tip pooling in the restaurant industry will finally be decided when the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) hears the question this fall. In yet another…

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