Topics: Human Resources

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. More

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. More

Is Your Website Driving Potential Truckstop Employees Away?

When we’re ordering a product or checking out a new hot spot, if the website isn’t up to par, we’re most likely going to bail. It’s not rocket science: Let us down in the first few quick clicks around a URL and it’ll be nearly impossible to win us back. The same goes for employees exploring new companies and opportunities. If your website lacks information, appeal, personality, and purpose, what do you think he or she will assume about the career paths there? Step back from your own website for a moment and let’s assess if it’s actually one that’s applicant-friendly, or if it’s doing your hiring efforts more harm than good. Here’s what you really need to attract top-notch employees to help your business grow: More

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. More

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. More

Work Injury – Is Offering Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medication A Risk For Business?

Today Federated Insurance is sharing one of our “HR Questions of the Month” regarding employment-related practices liability issues. Question: An employee was stung by bees while working outside. The employee refused medical treatment, and the company submitted the workers’ compensation claim as first aid only. The employee was given the rest of the day off with pay, and offered modified duty until they felt ready to go back. The employee went back to work the next day with no problem. Could the company have recommended that the employee take an antihistamine? Since medical treatment was refused, all the company had available was OTC/first aid. More

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. More

Is Yours an Employee-Friendly Company? If So, Flaunt It. Here’s How…

Exuding confidence about your company’s status as “employee-friendly” and actually making sure it’s perceived that way are two very separate things. What sense is it to put so much effort into creating the ultimate workplace if you’re not leveraging it to your team-building advantage? If you’re so certain that you offer your employees an experience that competitor companies don’t, here are six things to consider emphasizing in your job listings, the careers section on your website, your LinkedIn company profile, and other content that’s geared toward job seekers. Or, to be put it bluntly – six helpful tips on what, exactly, you should be flaunting… More

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. More

Compliance Corner: Changes to Labor Rules Will Affect NATSO Members

The National Labor Relations Board has revised the so-called “joint employer” standard significantly to expand the scope of determining “co-employment” under the National Labor Relations Act. Specifically, the NLRB decided that a company could be considered a “joint employer” if it possesses the right to control various terms and conditions of employment, regardless of whether that company actually exercises such control. In addition, the Department of Labor has released “guidance” that has the effect of limiting employers’ ability to classify workers as “independent contractors” rather than employees. Both moves will have a direct affect on NATSO members as the franchisor-franchisee business model is ubiquitous throughout the truckstop and travel plaza industry and many NATSO members utilize independent contractors. More

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