Fate of Obama Overtime Rule to Be Determined by May 1

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has granted the Trump administration an additional 60 days to decide what to do about appealing an injunction placed on the Obama-era overtime rule that was set to take effect this past Dec. 1, making May 1 decision day. The 60 days are in addition to an earlier 30-day […]

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DOJ Asks for Delay in Overtime Rule Appeal to Reconsider Whether to Proceed

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Jan. 25 asked the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals for a 30-day delay in submitting its brief in the ongoing appeal of a federal judge’s injunction that stopped a new overtime rule from taking effect on Dec. 1, 2016. The delay is meant to give the Trump administration […]

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Federal Judge Denies DOL Request for a Stay on His Overtime Rule Injunction

After hearing arguments on Dec. 30, U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant III yesterday (Jan. 3) rejected a request by the Department of Labor (DOL) that he halt his court’s proceedings on the issue of whether the department’s 2016 overtime pay rule is legal. The DOL rule would raise the threshold for exemption from overtime pay from […]

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5th Circuit Court Agrees to Expedite Overtime Injunction Review, But…

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, responding to a filing by the Department of Labor (DOL), has agreed to an expedited schedule for a review of a Texas federal judge’s injunction blocking the DOL’s overtime rule that was set to take effect Dec. 1. Under the expedited process, the DOL must file its opening […]

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Federal Judge Declares Overtime Rule Illegal, Issues Temporary Injunction

A federal judge in Texas hearing a lawsuit by 21 states over the Obama administration’s overtime rule, set to take effect Dec. 1, has declared the rule illegal and issued an injunction to block its implementation nationwide. An Obama appointee, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant in Sherman, Texas, ruled that the Department of Labor (DOL) cannot […]

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With Joint Employer Cases Pending, McDonald’s Settles with Franchisee Employees

For the first time, McDonald’s has ceased fighting a joint employer legal action and agreed to a $3.75 million settlement with franchisee employees over a wage dispute. The burger corporation was facing a lawsuit in San Francisco and a battle with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) over the issue of whether it was a joint […]

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WalMart Raises Entry-Level Manager Salaries in Advance of New Overtime Rule

WalMart, the national retail chain operating out of Bentonville, Ark., has raised entry-level manager salaries from $45,000 a year to $48,500 in advance of the new white collar overtime rule taking effect Dec. 1. The new rule raises the salary threshold for overtime exemption from $23,660 a year to $47,476, giving WalMart a cushion of […]

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Business Groups Follow States in Suing to Overturn New Overtime Rule

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America Inc. and some 50 other business groups filed suit on Sept. 20 to overturn a controversial rule from the Department of Labor (DOL), set to take effect on Dec. 1, that raises the salary threshold for overtime exemption from $23,660 a year to […]

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21 States Sue to Block Dec. 1 Implementation of New Overtime Rule

A coalition of 21 states, led by Nevada Attorney-General Adam Laxalt, has filed suit in federal court in Eastern Texas to block implementation of the new “white collar” overtime rule taking effect Dec. 1, which would raise the pay threshold for overtime exemption to $913 a week, or $47,476 a year, if implemented. Previous lawsuits […]

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California to Mandate Farmworker Overtime Pay after 8 Hours in a Day

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed landmark legislation granting farmworkers overtime pay after 8 hours of work in a single day or 40 hours in a workweek. The current standard is 10 hours a day and 60 hours in a week before overtime kicks in for farmworkers. Assembly Bill 1066 starts phasing in the new […]

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