But They’re Good With Tip Pooling Extension

As aghast as the aforementioned Representative Bobby Scott claimed to be over the reversal of the joint employer and other rulings by the NLRB, it appears he was much pleased with Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta and his extension of the public comment period on a potential tip pooling rule change. You will recall that…

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Senate Confirms 3 To DOL

While DOL considers comments submitted about a potential change in the tip pooling rule, the department welcomed three new executive level employees to their shop as the full Senate gave formal confirmation to three Trump appointees to the DOL.  Last week, the Senate confirmed the nominations of Kate S. O’Scannlain, from Maryland, to be Solicitor…

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And, Over At Labor . . .

It may not be of immediate import to the majority of our subscribers, but nominees put forth by President Trump are steadily moving forward in the US Senate toward final confirmation. This week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) approved the nominations of 4 individuals for positions in DOL and sent…

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And, Tip Pooling Too

It may not be in the purview of the National Labor Relations Board, but another Obama-era regulation is being rescinded by the “new sheriff in town”! The Trump administration has proposed rescinding the rule that prevents employers from including “back-of-house employees” in workplace tip pools, but only in businesses that pay the standard minimum wage.…

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Trump Picks FedEx Exec for OSHA

Continuing full speed ahead to fill a host of important positions in his administration, President Trump last week nominated FedEx Executive Scott Mugno to lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the Department of Labor. Mugno, who previously headed up corporate safety health and fire prevention for FedEx Express and is currently vice…

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The Case That Won’t Go Away

We’ve reported on its demise several times now, but the Obama-era overtime rule is still before the courts, but this time because the final court decision killing the threshold was appealed – by the Trump administration! That may come as a surprise, but things aren’t always as they seem. You will recall when we last…

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DOL Public OT Comments Top 165,000

Well, it underscores how important reconsideration of the Obama-era redefinition of the overtime exemption threshold is that reports indicate that over 165,000 organizations and individuals took advantage of the opportunity to respond to the DOL request for information on the subject. The comment period on the so-called white collar exemption had been opened back on…

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US House Shortens Leash on Labor, NLRB

Earlier this week while deliberating the Labor-HHS-Education funding bill, the US House Committee on Rules advanced 58 different amendments, many of which significantly impact the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board. The amendments, which were scheduled for debate on the House floor beginning yesterday, include funding reductions for the NLRB and restricting…

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Court Strikes Down Overtime Rule

A federal court in Texas yesterday struck down the Obama-era overtime rule adopted by the Department of Labor. The rule, which more than doubled the overtime threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 was originally slated to take effect last December, but was enjoined by the court just a few days earlier. In yesterday’s decision, the court…

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Dismantle The NLRB?

The Circuit Court may have upheld the NLRB’s ruling in Specialty Healthcare, but the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) didn’t let that get in the way of their report calling for the agency to be dismantled. Under the noble goal of shrinking government, the CEI released a report earlier this week calling for the functions of…

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