Without boring you with all the painful governmental details, the new Department of Labor mandated overtime rules have been sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for their final review before becoming effective. OMB review typically takes a month or two to complete, but with the prospect of the Congressional Review Act coming into play, many final regulations have been put on the fast track. The new overtime rule effectively doubles the current threshold of $23,660 to $50,440, under which all workers are guaranteed eligibility for overtime pay. In a truly ironic twist, it seems that some democrat members of Congress are among those having the most difficulty with the new overtime requirement. With Congress in the control of republicans, democratic members cannot get their office budgets increased, but now find themselves potentially having to cut hours of their staff or pay them overtime, a cost they cannot absorb within their office budgets! Surest way to get better laws is make Congress abide by those it passes! Back to the subject of DOL rulemaking, the SBA Office of Advocacy on Monday of this week, held a roundtable at which the DOL mandate of paid sick leave for all federal contracted businesses. It was announced that the public comment period for input on the impact of the new mandate has been extended until April 12, 2016. Lastly regarding federal mandates and issues, the NLRB trial in which the agency alleges that McDonald’s is a joint-employer with its franchisees began this week in court before an administrative law judge in New York’s Manhattan borough. The case is being watched closely by a broad array of interests and could be devastating to the franchise industry.