Topics: Labor

President Obama Expands Overtime Eligibility

The Obama Administration proposed federal overtime regulations that would raise the current overtime threshold to $50,400 a year up from the current threshold of $23,660 as early as 2016. The regulation change is coming under fire from business groups and Republicans who argue it threatens jobs and will force employers to cut hours for salaried employees. More

Legislation Introduced to Streamline Employer Mandated ACA Reporting Requirements

U.S. Representatives Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Michael Thompson (D-Calif.) recently introduced the Commonsense Reporting and Verification Act of 2015 aimed at streamlining the employer mandate reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act to minimize compliance burdens on businesses. More

Can You Terminate An Employee For Drinking On The Job After A Request For Assistance?

We have a restaurant/bar. We have a company policy that if you are caught drinking on the job, you can be suspended and/or terminated. We found a bartender in a beer cooler drinking while he was on the clock. He denied and lied about the situation, but later admitted this happened. After admitting this happened, he told a manager he needs help and wants to go to a drug re-habitation program and wanted to know if our company would help to pay for this. Question: Can we still fire this employee for breaking company policy even though after the fact he states he needs personal help and might need to take a leave of absence? More

Labor Department Sets December Deadline for Persuader Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) has set a December timeframe for issuing the Persuader Rule, which would limit ways in which employers can communicate with their employees as they decide whether to unionize. More

Court Hears Arguments in NLRB Elections Rule Challenge

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on May 15 heard oral arguments in the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace’s challenge to the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush elections” rule. More

FMCSA Amends Medical Exam Form Rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) amended its medical examination rules April 23, mandating that medical examiners performing physical exams of commercial drivers use a new medical exam report and submit exam results to the agency by midnight of the following day. More

Increased Engagement With Direct Managers

An employee’s relationship with his or her direct manager is the most critical factor in employee engagement. Effective managers who can coach employees and maintain day-to-day relationships will have a more productive workforce. More

President Vetoes Resolution to Block Ambush Election Rule

President Obama on March 31 signed a memorandum of disapproval that effectively vetoed the Congressional Review Act resolution (S.J. Res. 8) to block the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush” election rule. More

Broadening Joint-Employer Standard Threatens Small Business Growth

If the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) abandons a 30-year-old legal test for classifying multiple businesses as joint employers, franchisors and franchisees across the United States will have to renegotiate or reconsider business relationships, BNA reported. More

House Approves Measure to Block Ambush Election Rule

The U.S. House of Representatives on March 19 voted 232 to 186 in favor of the Congressional Review Act Resolution to block the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush” election rule. The President is expected to veto the measure, however, which passed the Senate 53-46 earlier this month. More

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