Topics: Human Resources

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. More

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. More

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.” More

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. More

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. More

Compliance Corner: New Overtime Rules Take Effect December 2016

In May 2016, the Department of Labor finalized new rules governing which employees are eligible for overtime pay. Under the new rules, any employee earning less than $47,476 per year ($913 per week) is entitled to overtime pay (at least 1.5 times their normal salary) for all hours worked per week in excess of 40. Nondiscretionary bonuses may count toward up to 10 percent of an employee’s salary if they are paid on a quarterly or more frequent basis. The new salary threshold will go into effect Dec. 1, 2016. More

Congressional Hearing Explores Impact of Overtime Rule

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) final Overtime Rule will make it harder for small businesses to grow and create jobs as well as harm the employees it is designed to help, a panel of experts testified before the House Committee on Education and Workforce. More

N.Y. AG Seeks to Hold Domino's Liable as Joint Employer

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sued Domino's LLC, the worldwide pizza chain, seeking to hold the company liable as a joint employer with several New York franchisees. The lawsuit represents the first time a state enforcement agency has sought to avail itself of the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB's) recently revised joint employer standard, and is the latest in a recent trend of aggressive government enforcement actions with respect to joint employer liability. More

5 Ways to Treat Your Job Candidate Search Like a Good Customer Service Experience

A retail customer wants to be appreciated for his patronage and tended to quickly. And a potential employee wants to be acknowledged for his effort and what he has to offer. If you want to start your working relationship on the right foot, don’t allow job applicants and interviewees to fall into a black hole while you hem and haw over your hiring decision. Here’s how to make your future workers happy from the start. More

NATSO Issues Overtime Rule Analysis and Compliance Guide

NATSO issued a detailed analysis and compliance guide for the Department of Labor's Overtime Eligibility Rule issued May 18, 2016. More