Federal Comment Periods Extended Again

Two federal agencies this week again extended the public comment period on pending regulations. The comment period on the proposed DOL amended tip-pooling rule, which was scheduled to end this past Monday was extended by the Wage and Hour Division due to an outage on the federal website, www.Regulations.gov. After the outage was resolved, the…

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Pondering the Presidential Trail

As the US House prepares to move 2 articles of impeachment against President Trump over the next few weeks, we thought it might be timely to highlight some of the plans being put forward by announced candidates for the presidential nomination. Perhaps most relevant to our subscribers are recently released plans by former Vice President…

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Joint Employer Rules on the Move to OMB

Earlier this week, the US Department of Labor (DOL) sent its joint employer rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval – the last step before publication in the Federal Register. The proposed rule for application of the joint employer standard under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will make…

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NLRB Tackling ‘Ambush Elections’

According to that same regulatory schedule, it would appear that the final repeal of so-called ambush elections will be completed by the end of the year as well. The NLRB plans to issue a final rule repealing the 2014 Obama rule which dramatically shortened the timeframe for union organizing within private companies by eliminating the…

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Fight for $15 Targets Unionizing Chipotle

It would appear that the SEIU’s Fight for $15 campaign, which has long targeted unionizing McDonald’s restaurants, may now be targeting their organizing efforts at Chipotle employees. Last week, the union brought its campaign to Washington, DC, where they were handing out flyers outside of Chipotle locations in the Nation’s Capital. The fliers sought to…

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NLRB Extends Comment Period

Speaking of new regulatory rules, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has extended the public comment period on its pending new rule on union elections. In a press release dated October 4, the agency announced that it will now accept public comment on the rule overhauling union representation election procedures for an additional 60 days…

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Union Targeting Fast Food Industry

Despite the major defeat it recently suffered over the joint employer battle detailed above, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and its allies on the presidential campaign trail will not just tuck their tales and go away. To the contrary, having enjoyed much success across the nation with their Fight for $15 campaigns, SEIU is…

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PRO Act Advances in House

By a straight party-line vote of 26-21, the US House Education and Labor Committee advanced the “Protecting the Right to Organize Act” (H.R.2474) out of committee and sent it to the full House for further deliberation. Filed by House Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), the PRO Act would strengthen collective bargaining rights for workers in…

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Scalia Confirmed as Secretary of Labor

Yesterday as expected, the US Senate confirmed attorney Eugene Scalia as the 28th Secretary of Labor in US history. Scalia, the son of the late conservative Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, was nominated by President Trump back in July of this year after former Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigned the post. The party-line confirmation vote…

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Trump Labor Nominee Scalia Hearing Held

President Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Labor as Secretary of Labor, Eugene Scalia was before the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions yesterday for his confirmation hearing. Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, has been a partner at the management side law firm of Gibson,…

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