They may not be garnering as much interest as who’s using which bathroom, but a couple of noted controversial rulings by the Department of Labor continue to be very much in the forefront. On the somewhat positive side of the ledger, DOL’s new overtime threshold, which had previously been projected to equate to $50,440 is now being talked about as coming in at “around $47,000” – that would be only an increase of 99% rather than the 113% originally proposed! The actual threshold will not be known until the DOL actually publishes its final rule in the Federal Register, which is expected to happen any day now. (Governments generally release bad news Friday afternoons, so I’m betting later today!). Once it is finalized, the new rule will become effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. Elsewhere, state efforts to clarify and better define “joint-employer” continue with the latest advance being in the state of Georgia, where the legislature finally passed SB277. On May 3, Governor Nathan Deal signed the Protecting Georgia Small Businesses Act into law.