Trump Picks FedEx Exec for OSHA

Continuing full speed ahead to fill a host of important positions in his administration, President Trump last week nominated FedEx Executive Scott Mugno to lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the Department of Labor. Mugno, who previously headed up corporate safety health and fire prevention for FedEx Express and is currently vice…

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The Case That Won’t Go Away

We’ve reported on its demise several times now, but the Obama-era overtime rule is still before the courts, but this time because the final court decision killing the threshold was appealed – by the Trump administration! That may come as a surprise, but things aren’t always as they seem. You will recall when we last…

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DOL Public OT Comments Top 165,000

Well, it underscores how important reconsideration of the Obama-era redefinition of the overtime exemption threshold is that reports indicate that over 165,000 organizations and individuals took advantage of the opportunity to respond to the DOL request for information on the subject. The comment period on the so-called white collar exemption had been opened back on…

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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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