Trump Labor Department Will Take Close Look

The now-enjoined new overtime regulation may not be the only rule with which the Trump administration takes a different view than Obama officials did.  In a video message released on Monday, President-elect Donald Trump said he will “direct the Department of Labor to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker.”  It…

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“If It Wasn’t for Texas!”

No, I’m not singing the George Straight country song, rather I’m reporting that the federal court in Texas has permanently enjoined the Obama administration from implementing its new persuader rule.  Recall that the so-called “persuader rule”, finalized by the Department of Labor back in March of this year, required law firms and any other consultants…

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CBO Blasts DOL Overtime Rule

The bipartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this week took aim at another Obama Administration regulatory scheme in a report released earlier this week.  The Economic Effects of Canceling Scheduled Changes to Overtime Regulations, released by the CBO November 14, confirmed that canceling the new overtime regulation would result in lower employers’ payroll and compliance costs…

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DOL Prepares for New Overtime Rule

The DOL new overtime rule has been enjoined by a federal court in Texas pending final disposition of 2 distinct legal challenges – one brought by 21 states and the other filed by a number of business (the two cases have since been consolidated in State of Nevada v U.S. Department of Labor).  Notwithstanding that…

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Miscellaneous

We’ve all been keeping a close eye on unionizing efforts across the fast food industry, so we took note a few weeks ago when it was reported that workers at Winnipeg Taco Bell and KFC shops had formally unionized, becoming the first QSRs to unionize in all of Canada.  Krispy Kreme CFO Price Cooper left…

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US Court Upholds Wisconsin Right-To-Work

Early this week, a federal court judge rejected a union challenge to the Wisconsin right-to-work laws citing a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a similar law in Indiana.  In his order, filed on Monday, U.S. District Court Judge J.P. Stadtmueller rejected requests for preliminary injunctions by the two plaintiffs, Locals 139 and…

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OSHA Sued Over Union Participation in Inspections

With Texas the obvious litigation venue of choice, the business community initiated another lawsuit in the Northern US District Court challenging the new Occupational and Safety Administration practice of allowing union officials to accompany OSHA inspectors on inspections even of companies that are non-union employers. The so-called “walk-around” rule has long allowed employee representatives (limited…

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NLRB Makes Grad Students “Employees”

It just keeps getting better! So, the latest ‘wisdom’ from the National Labor Relations Board came down this week when the Board declared that graduate students were employees for purposes of organizing under the provisions of the National Labor Relations Act!  By a 3-1 vote, the NLRB voted that for purposes of union representation, the…

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DeBlasio Labor Peace Dictate In Effect

Although at first blush, it seems to go just toward city-assisted developers, but the depth and breadth of the Labor Peace Executive Order issued by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s could be far more reaching.  The order, which was signed a couple of weeks ago and took effect immediately, requires that certain developers – limited…

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

So, just yesterday it was reported that earlier this week the New Jersey Senate approved legislation authorizing the payment of unemployment benefits to striking workers.  Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto, who plans a vote on the issue soon, opined that strikers should not have to go weeks without getting compensation!  Wait, what??  Then, it follows that…

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