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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MLB Minor Leaguers Strike Out on Minimum Wage Lawsuit

A federal judge has decertified the collective of former minor league players suing Major League Baseball (MLB) over minimum wage claims, and he has also denied their certification as a class action. Lawyers representing the former minor leaguers vowed to appeal. U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero of the Northern District of California made the ruling July […]

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It’s Official: Overtime Exemption Threshold to Be $47,476 a Year

The Department of Labor (DOL) today will unveil its new overtime rule, setting an annual salary of $47,476 as the minimum compensation for an employee to be exempt from overtime pay. The current standard is $23,660. Vice-President Joe Biden, who will be touting the new rule at a stop in Columbus, Ohio, today, said: “The middle […]

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May 18 the New Witching Day for Overtime Final Rule?

UPDATE: Earlier (see below) we ventured that Monday, May 16, might see the arrival of the new overtime rule, but several sources are now indicating it will be tomorrow, Wednesday, May 18. Stay tuned. Growing speculation has it that the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Obama administration will issue their final rule on overtime […]

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Overtime Final Rule Still Under Attack While at OMB

The final rule setting a new salary threshold for overtime exemptions, now under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is still being attacked as overly aggressive by business groups. The final rule reached OMB March 17. Since then, OMB has held 22 meetings with business groups seeking to tone down the rule. […]

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