Record Wage Recovery at DOL

Notwithstanding the concerns of some over the generally more reasonable regulatory environment established by the Trump administration across the federal bureaucracy, employees continue to benefit from more effective policies. As a perfect case in point, we noted this week that the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) collected a record amount of wages…

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States Pushing Their Own Overtime Rules

Despite such reasonable rulings on overtime and the methods for overtime calculations proposed by the Trump administration, a number of states are dramatically pushing the overtime limits at the state level. On Thursday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) charged the state labor department with expanding overtime eligibility across the state, using the Obama figure as…

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Yet, Another DOL Tip Pooling Rule

On Monday of this week, the Department of Labor (DOL) released yet another amended tip-pooling proposal. The latest iteration however, only applies to employers who do not take a tip credit. It will allow employers to pool tips from front-of-the-house workers and share them with back-of-the-house employees who aren’t normally tipped. This most recent change…

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DOL Sets OT Exemption Threshold at $35,568

Earlier this week, the Department of Labor (DOL) released the final rule defining Overtime Exemption requirements for White Collar Exemptions. Effective on January 1, 2020, the new rule mandates that employees earning less than $684 per week ($35,568 annually) are entitled to overtime payment for work in excess of 40 hours per week. This particular…

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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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Trump Nominates Scalia for Labor

President Trump formally submitted the nomination of Eugene Scalia as Secretary of Labor to the United States Senate for confirmation this week. Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has extensive experience as a management side attorney and frequently challenged labor regulations that he saw as too labor-friendly. A labor lawyer…

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DOL Submits Fluctuating Workweek Rule

The US Department of Labor (DOL) last week submitted a proposal to the White House Office of management and Budget (OMB) that would alter how employers must calculate overtime for certain employees. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, overtime-eligible employees must be paid time and a half for any hours over 40 in a workweek.…

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DOL Submits Drug Testing Rule

Speaking of proposed rulemakings, the Department of Labor got in the game this week as well with two different issues. First, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within the White House has begun its review of the DOL’s proposed final rule on drug testing. As drafted, the rule will allow states to drug-test unemployment…

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DOL Eases Path for Multiemployer Retirement Plans

The U.S. Department of Labor unveiled its final rule this past Monday on multiple employer plans (MEPs), expanding the possibility of smaller businesses creating and using them as a vehicle to encourage retirement savings by employees. The new rule, which goes into effect on September 30 of this year, will allow businesses or associations with…

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