Topics: U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)

Labor Department Proposes Rule Addressing Independent Contractor Status

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a proposed rule offering clarity to determine whether a worker is an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or an independent contractor. More

NATSO Files Overtime Comments With Labor Department

NATSO urged the Department of Labor (DOL) to refrain from making dramatic changes to the Overtime Rule that would expand the universe of employees eligible for overtime pay, arguing that significant changes to the salary threshold and duties test would harm the very employees that they are designed to help. The Trump Administration is reexamining the rules governing overtime pay in the wake of the Obama Administration's effort recently being struck down by a federal court. More

House Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Reinstate Longstanding Joint Employer Standard

House lawmakers on July 27 introduced bipartisan legislation that would reinstate the longstanding Joint Employer Standard that was revised during President Obama’s second term by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Department of Labor (DOL). More

Labor Secretary to Review Overtime Rule

Labor Department Secretary Alexander Acosta testified at a recent Congressional hearing that he plans to review the overtime rule involving exempt salaried employees. The Obama Administration sought to increase the minimum salary required for overtime-exempt employees to $47,476 annually for full-time employees from $23,660. However, a federal judge in November 2016 issued a nationwide injunction against the DOL's regulation expanding the number of workers who would be eligible for overtime pay. More

Department of Labor Withdraws Guidance on Joint Employment, Independent Contractors

In a positive development for employers, particularly the franchise community, the Department of Labor (DOL) has officially withdrawn its guidance on joint employment and independent contractors. More

DOL Begins Process to Rescind Persuader Rule

The Department of Labor on May 23 sent to the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) a new proposed rulemaking rescinding the Obama Administration’s persuader rule. More

Make Your Voice Heard

As NATSO members, we are all aware of how important it is that we make our voices heard, both collectively and individually. In May, many of us will take our message to Capitol Hill to share our first-hand insight into the issues that matter the most to the truckstop and travel plaza industry. Visiting Washington, D.C., as part of NATSO’s Day on the Hill is a powerful experience, but our connections with elected officials on the local, state and federal level are something we can foster year round. More

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. 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

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