This writer and many others predicted that the Department of Labor, under the leadership of Secretary Acosta would publish a new proposed rule in March 2019. The new proposed rule would increase the salary level threshold that must be met in order to be overtime exempt under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
The new proposed rule, announced March 7, will increase that threshold from $23,660 per year (or $455 per week) to $35,308 per year (or $679 per week). This new threshold is far less than the threshold proposed by the Obama administration that was permanently enjoined nationwide by a federal court in Texas.MORE
On Aug. 31, U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant granted the motion for summary judgment of various business groups and state attorneys general in the overtime rule case.
Previously, on Nov. 22, 2016, Judge Mazzant issued a nationwide injunction, preventing the implementation of the rule, pending a decision on the merits of the case. The injunction case is before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. It has been fully briefed and is currently scheduled for oral argument before the court on Oct. 3.
There is much speculation that oral argument may not occur, and the DOL may withdraw the appeal, given the Aug. 31 decision of Judge Mazzant granting the motion for summary judgment, which ruled that the final rule was unlawful.MORE
The DOL is inviting comments on the 2016 revisions to white collar exemption regulations. Here are specific questions that will be addressed.MORE
June 30 is the new due date for the Department of Labor's reply brief involving the overtime rule. With Alex Acosta now confirmed as secretary of labor, this should be the final due date.MORE
May 1 is the new due date for the Department of Labor's reply brief involving the overtime rule.MORE
The Department of Labor has appealed the nationwide preliminary injunction that halted the planned Dec. 1 implementation date of the overtime rule. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will hear the appeal on an expedited basis. Briefing of the issue will be complete by Jan. 31 – 11 days after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.MORE
Question: Though our company learned of the U.S. District Court of Texas' emergency injunction on Nov. 22, we had already announced to the employees the changes that would be made in anticipation of the U.S. Department of Labor overtime rule's Dec. 1 implementation. What are our options now that the rule is enjoined nationwide?
Click MORE to read the response from Michael Zinser of The Zinser Law Firm.MORE
On Nov. 22 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide injunction, halting the planned Dec. 1 effective date of the U.S. Department of Labor's overtime rule.MORE
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas is expected to issue an initial ruling next Tuesday on the U.S. Department of Labor's Overtime Rule, scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1, 2016.MORE
Donald Trump will have the ability to impact several key federal government agencies, including the National Labor Relations Board and the U.S. Department of Labor.MORE
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A Franklin County town and the local newspaper that covers it are at odds over a public records request.
Town officials estimated The Wake Weekly, a Restoration Newsmedia newspaper, would have to pay a fee of about $70,000 before the town could comply with a public records request the paper made this month.
Legal experts called the fee "insane" and "shocking."
Town officials have since reduced that charge to about $15,000, a price the newspaper says is still too high.
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A newspaper veteran with 40 years of advertising and management experience is the Victoria (Texas) Advocate's new director of sales.More