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NATSO Submits Testimony to Congress on Joint Employer Standard

February 24, 2017

NATSO Submits Testimony to Congress on Joint Employer Standard

On February 14, the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing entitled "Restoring Balance and Fairness to the National Labor Relations Board." NATSO submitted a statement for the record highlighting how the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB's) revisions to the so-called "joint employer" standard in recent years has negatively impacted the travel plaza industry.

NATSO Applauds Introduction of ADA Education and Reform Act

January 26, 2017

NATSO Applauds Introduction of ADA Education and Reform Act

NATSO joined trade associations representing a broad spectrum of the U.S. economy in applauding Congressman Ted Poe (R-Texas) for introducing the bipartisan ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, H.R. 620, that seeks to curb frivolous lawsuits filed by cash-hungry attorneys and plaintiffs that abuse the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Andy Puzder, Chief Executive of CKE Restaurants, to Serve as the Secretary of U.S. Department of Labor

December 8, 2016

Andy Puzder, Chief Executive of CKE Restaurants, to Serve as the Secretary of U.S. Department of Labor

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Andy Puzder, Chief Executive of CKE Restaurants, to serve as the Secretary of U.S. Department of Labor. CKE Restaurants is the parent of Hardees’, Carl’s Jr., Green Burrito and Red Burrito restaurant brands, a franchise system with 3,750 franchised or company-operated restaurants in 44 states and 40 foreign countries.

NATSO ALERT: Federal Judge Suspends Overtime Rule; Dec. 1 Effective Date No Longer In Place

November 23, 2016

NATSO ALERT: Federal Judge Suspends Overtime Rule; Dec. 1 Effective Date No Longer In Place

In a stunning decision, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction against the Department of Labor's (DOL) regulation expanding the number of workers who would be eligible for overtime pay. The regulations would have dramatically increased the salary threshold for exempt employees to $47,476 per year from $23,660. The new rules were scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1.

Judge Blocks New Persuader Rule Implementation, Likely Permanently

November 21, 2016

Judge Blocks New Persuader Rule Implementation, Likely Permanently

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on Nov. 16 enjoined the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing and enforcing its recent changes to the Persuader Rule.

McDonald’s $3.75 Million Wage-and-Hour Settlement Holds Joint Employer Implications

November 1, 2016

McDonald’s $3.75 Million Wage-and-Hour Settlement Holds Joint Employer Implications

McDonald’s Corp. agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle a wage-and-hour lawsuit brought by employees at five franchisee-owned restaurants in the San Francisco Bay area, marking an important development in the company’s long-standing legal battle over whether it is a joint employer of franchise operations.

Labor Department’s New Overtime Rule Takes Effect Dec. 1

October 31, 2016

Labor Department’s New Overtime Rule Takes Effect Dec. 1

NATSO members are reminded that on Dec. 1, 2016, the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule that doubles the minimum salary threshold that employees must earn to be exempt from overtime pay is scheduled to take effect.

NATSO Supports Legislation to Reform DOL’s Overtime Rule

October 18, 2016

NATSO Supports Legislation to Reform DOL’s Overtime Rule

NATSO joined more than 400 organizations representing a broad spectrum of the national economy and employing millions of employees in expressing strong support for S. 3464, the Overtime Reform and Review Act, which would provide employers significant relief from the negative impacts of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) final overtime rule.

NATSO Applauds Americans with Disabilities Act Reform Bill

October 7, 2016

NATSO Applauds Americans with Disabilities Act Reform Bill

NATSO joined a variety of other trade groups in expressing its support for the ADA Education and Reform Act. The legislation would combat a recent trend in frivolous lawsuits alleging minor Americans with Disabilities Act violations for which business owners cannot reasonably be punished. Specifically, the legislation would provide business owners a reasonable period of time to remedy alleged violations before they can be brought to court by aggressive plaintiffs' lawyers.

House Passes Bill Delaying Overtime Rule; Unlikely to Become Law

September 29, 2016

House Passes Bill Delaying Overtime Rule; Unlikely to Become Law

In a move that some consider to be a "political vote" rather than a substantive one, the U.S. House of Representatives on September 28 passed legislation that would delay for six months a new Department of Labor Rule revising the standards overtime pay eligibility. The rule is scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016. Under this legislation, it would not take effect until June 1, 2016. The bill is highly unlikely to become law, and represents a political vote to enable House members to campaign on the issue during the home stretch of election season.

States, Business Groups Challenge Overtime Rule

September 23, 2016

States, Business Groups Challenge Overtime Rule

A group of 21 states filed suit in the Eastern District of Texas Sept. 20 challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s new rule governing which employees are eligible for overtime pay, arguing the agency unconstitutionally overstepped its authority to establish a federal minimum salary level for white collar workers. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and more than 50 other business groups filed a separate challenge to the rule in the same federal court in Sherman, Texas, just hours later.

Labor Update: New Overtime Legislative Strategy; Joint Employer Update with Subway Restaurants

August 8, 2016

Labor Update: New Overtime Legislative Strategy; Joint Employer Update with Subway Restaurants

NATSO and its allies in the labor community have begun advocating for legislation that, rather than repealing the DOL's new overtime rule would phase in the new salary threshold incrementally. NATSO will continue urging policymakers to repeal the new law, but the chances of President Obama signing such legislation are slim. The lobbying efforts in favor of such legislation, however, helped prompt Democrats to introduce the modified bill.

House Committee Approves Spending Bill; Provisions Would Block Harmful Labor Initiatives

July 15, 2016

House Committee Approves Spending Bill; Provisions Would Block Harmful Labor Initiatives

The House Appropriations Committee on July 14 approved the fiscal year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services funding bill with provisions that would prohibit the Labor Department from enforcing several labor initiatives opposed by the travel plaza and truckstop industry.

House Subcommittee Approves Spending Bill; Would Block Harmful Labor Initiatives

July 11, 2016

House Subcommittee Approves Spending Bill; Would Block Harmful Labor Initiatives

The House Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor, Health and Human Services approved a fiscal year 2017 spending bill with provisions which would block several labor initiatives that stand to hurt the travel plaza and truckstop industry.

House Committee Passes ADA Reform

July 8, 2016

House Committee Passes ADA Reform

The House Judiciary Committee on July 7 approved H.R. 3765, “The ADA Education and Reform Act,” which would rein in the number of frivolous lawsuits filed against businesses under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

District Court Blocks Persuader Rule

June 28, 2016

District Court Blocks Persuader Rule

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on June 27 granted a preliminary injunction that temporarily prevents the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing and enforcing its recent changes to the Persuader Rule. That rule was scheduled to take effect July 1. The injunction will be in effect until the district court issues a decision on the merits of the lawsuit or a higher court overrules the injunction if the DOL appeals it.

Overtime Rule Hurts Small Businesses, Witnesses Testify Before House Committee

June 26, 2016

Overtime Rule Hurts Small Businesses, Witnesses Testify Before House Committee

Small businesses may soon be forced to lay off employees, reduce benefits and lower wages to cover the costs of implementing the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new overtime rule, small business owners testified before the House Committee on Small Business.

July 1 Marks Persuader Rule Compliance Date

June 24, 2016

July 1 Marks Persuader Rule Compliance Date

July 1 marks the deadline when employers and consultants must comply with the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new “Persuader Rule.”

Speaker Ryan Unveils Regulatory Reform Agenda

June 20, 2016

Speaker Ryan Unveils Regulatory Reform Agenda

As part of a broader Republican policy agenda before the November elections, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) unveiled a regulatory reform agenda that outlines a number of policy proposals aimed at reining in federal regulations and giving Congress more power over regulators and authority to approve or reject major rules.

June 20, 2016

Senate Committee Examines Joint Employer Standard

The Senate Small Business Committee held a hearing on June 16 examining the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB's) new joint employer standard, where lawmakers heard from witnesses that businesses are fearful and uncertain about their legal responsibilities.

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