Topics: Human Resources

Department of Labor Announces New Rules for Overtime Pay

On May 17 the Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule governing overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Although the Final Rule improves upon the proposed rule, incorporating a number of NATSO's comments to DOL, it nonetheless includes a significant increase to the overtime salary threshold, and includes automatic increases in the future. This will present considerable challenges to employees and employers alike. NATSO is still analyzing the more than 500 page rule, and will provide a detailed summary and compliance guide in the coming days. More

NATSO Meets With OMB to Discuss Overtime Rule

NATSO met with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) May 4 to voice industry concerns regarding the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed Overtime Rule, which would greatly expand the universe of employees eligible for overtime pay. More

Industry Awaits Final Overtime Regulation

As the Department of Labor works to finish its overtime rule by summer, rumors are circulating that the agency could lower the salary threshold for overtime eligibility. It remains unclear at this time what the final overtime rule will look like. However, Politico reported that the agency is considering lowering the salary level at which employees are eligible for overtime to $47,000, down from $50,440 in the proposed rule. More

Congressman Byrne Introduces Resolution to Nullify Persuader Rule

Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) recently introduced a resolution (H.J. Res 87) under the Congressional Review Act to nullify the Department of Labor’s controversial final persuader rule, which went into effect April 25. More

NATSO Foundation’s Bill Moon Scholarship: Advice to Recommenders

What quick bits of advice would you give to managers or other employment supervisors about writing strong recommendations for applicants, whether to the NATSO Foundation’s Bill Moon Scholarship or to other organizations? More

Employers Want Rollback of HealthCare Law Employer Mandate, Survey Finds

Nearly 70 percent of employers want a rollback of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate, according to a new survey from global consulting firm, Mercer. More than 80 percent of the 644 employers polled cited significant additional administrative burdens as one of their chief complaints, with 51 percent classifying the administrative burdens as “very significant.” More

NATSO Foundation’s Bill Moon Scholarship: Advice to Candidates

Here are a few short hints about two parts of the Bill Moon Scholarship application from an interview we conducted with the Bill Moon Scholarship’s independent reviewer. More

Federal Appeals Court Rules No ADA Claim for Obese Job Applicant

A job applicant rejected for a railroad mechanic's job because of morbid obesity has no Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claim against the employer, a federal appeals court has ruled. Because the applicant's weight was not caused by an underlying physiological disorder, it is not a "physical impairment" under the ADA. Had the applicant's obesity been the result of a physiological disorder that affects a major body system, the applicant's condition would have been protected by the ADA, and the employer would not have been able to reject the employee solely on account of his weight without violating the ADA. More

States Push For Higher Minimum Wages

With California and New York poised to become the highest-paid minimum wage states in the nation, minimum wage has become a key issue for the business community as a growing number of states want to follow in their footsteps and politicians seek to tap voters. More

Business Groups Challenge DOL Persuader Rule

The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Associated Builders and Contractors and other business groups filed a lawsuit in federal court in Arkansas March 30 challenging the Department of Labor’s (DOL) final Persuader Rule. More