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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With Acosta Out, Trump to Name Scalia

With the resignation of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, President Trump has announced his intention to nominate Attorney Eugene Scalia as his next Secretary of Labor. Acosta officially left the post last Friday, with Deputy Secretary Patrick Pizzella thought to have had a lock on the position going forward, but President Trump decided to go in…

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State Attorneys General Opposing Overtime Rule

The Attorneys General of 16 states around the nation submitted a letter on Tuesday commenting on the proposed new Department of Labor rule on the overtime exemption. You will recall that DOL under former President Obama more than doubled the overtime exemption to $47,476 (from $23,660), although that increase was ultimately thrown out by the…

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Mapping The Investigations

Since the democrat party succeeded in flipping the US House in the 2018 midterm elections, the anticipation has been that President Trump will be subjected to 2 years of non-stop Congressional hearings and inquiries. It seems now however, that the first target of the democratic House may actually be Labor Secretary Alex Acosta. None other…

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Outspoken QSR CEO will headline National Conference

Andy Puzder is widely credited with turning around the troubled quick service restaurant chains of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. By the time he left his position last year – and was being considered for the position of U.S. Labor Secretary – Puzder had earned a reputation as a smart restaurant operator who understands the challenges…

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Secretary Announces Apprenticeship Task Force

Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta has announced the members of the new Apprenticeship Task Force and franchisees should be proud of their participation in Coalition of Franchisee Associations among others. The CFA was instrumental in guiding task force appointments that would best represent the interests of small business man and woman.  With CFA input, we…

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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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What’s Brewing: Joint-employer, Overtime rules, Shift scheduling

In with the new and out with the old. This summer small business owners are getting a clearer picture of where the Trump Administration stands on some key issues. The Trump Administration is taking aim at a pair of controversial, Obama-era policies that say could be damaging to the franchising business while also driving up…

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