National Right-To-Work

While unions focus on trying to smear Andy Puzder as labor Secretary-nominee, the appeal of right to work legislation continues to grow with federal legislation now having been filed to make right-to-work the law of the land!  Earlier this week, Congressmen Steve King (R-IA) and Joe Wilson (R-SC) introduced H.R. 785, the National Right to…

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Court Blocks DOL Overtime Rule!

Federal Judge Amos Mazzant, presiding over the US District Court for the Eastern District in Sherman, Texas this week granted an emergency, nationwide injunction against the implementation of the new overtime regulation from the Department of Labor.  The DOL rule would have more than doubled the salary threshold for payment of overtime (the so-called “white…

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Congress Cautions on Lame-Duck Regulations

Against the backdrop painted by these issues, both the US House of Representatives and the United States Senate have expressed concern over the prospect of the Obama administration passing a host of new lame-duck regulations before the President formally leaves office on January 20, 2017.  In a letter signed by 22 republican leaders and sent…

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House Passes DOL OT Delay, Senate Next

Last week in a flurry of legislative activity, the US House formally passed H.R. 6094, which would delay implementation of the new overtime threshold by six months, on a largely party-line vote of 246 -177.  The DOL’s new overtime rule more than doubles the threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 and is scheduled to take effect…

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Obama Signs GMO Labeling Law

The battle, at long last, is effectively over now as President Obama signed federal GMO labeling legislation into law one week ago today.  The law, which has been working its way through Congress for the past few years, requires food manufacturers to notify consumers of the presence of GMOs in packaged foods by one of…

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3-Year OT Phase-In Filed

With the DOL overtime rule finalized and ready to take effect December 1st, there seemed to be little chance for relief from the coming doubling of the exemption threshold.  This past week however, the horizon was a bit less onerous as another possible legislative solution was filed in Congress.  Democratic Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR), along…

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GMO Labeling Passes Congress

It has languished for quite some time since the state of Vermont passed what was effectively the first mandatory GMO labeling law in the country back in 2014, but a federal voluntary version has finally been approved by Congress.  The Senate passed the bipartisan Roberts-Stabenow bill on a 63-30 vote last week and sent the…

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House Files Impeachment Resolution

Paying the taxman is one thing, but now the taxman may have to “pay the fiddler” as House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz has filed a resolution to censure IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.  The censure is largely considered an initial step toward an impeachment procedure.  Over the past months, calls for Koskinen to…

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Mandatory GMO Labeling One Month Away

In a little over one month, Vermont will become the first state in the nation actually requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMO).  The Vermont mandate was signed into law just over 2 years ago and immediately challenged by the Grocery Manufacturers Association along with the Snack Food Association, International Dairy Foods…

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Federal Court Tosses Obama Care Subsidies

A federal judge yesterday ruled the Obama administration does not have the authority under the Affordable Care Act to send billions of dollars of cost-reduction payments to insurers without an appropriation from Congress. “Cost sharing reduction payments” had been made to insurance companies to encourage their lowering deductibles and co-payments for low-income Americans who have…

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