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Trumpdate: Proposed budget shows “yuuuge” changes afoot in labor and employment arena

Posted in Affirmative Action, Benefits, Discrimination, Equal Pay, HR, Immigration, Labor Relations, Politics, Pregnancy, Safety, Unemployment, Wage-Hour
Yesterday, the Trump Administration released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which runs from October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018. Here are the highlights related to labor and employment law, and there are a BUNCH. The following is a compilation of a number of articles published in yesterday’s edition of Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Labor Report (paid… Continue Reading

Proposed merger of EEOC, OFCCP faces opposition from both sides

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Elections, Politics
Last week, I wrote about a report in Bloomberg BNA that the Trump Administration was thinking about letting the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission “absorb” the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. The idea had some appeal for me because both agencies enforce variants on federal prohibitions against discrimination. But I admitted that I hadn’t thought it through, and… Continue Reading

Trumpdate: Labor nominee Acosta gets through HELP Committee, Dems support Gorsuch

Posted in Politics
Two big developments of interest to employers: The Senate Heath, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved the nomination of Alex Acosta, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, in a 12-11 straight party-line vote. This means that Mr. Acosta’s nomination will be voted on by the full Senate. According to The Washington Post, no date… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in FOCUS, Franchise, Labor Relations, Politics
Franchisors received some encouraging news this week from President Trump’s Acting Solicitor General, Nicholas Geale. Mr. Geale says that he prefers not to bring enforcement actions based on a theory that franchisors and franchisees are “joint employers.” He also said that he hopes the U.S. Department of Labor will focus on helping employers to comply… Continue Reading

Trumpdate: Beware the Ides of March!

Posted in Elections, Immigration, Politics
Two Trumpian developments of interest to employers will occur on March 15, next Wednesday: Alex Acosta’s confirmation hearing is scheduled to take place that day. Mr. Acosta is President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, and is expected to have relatively smooth sailing. On the other hand, is there anything that has been “smooth” about… Continue Reading

Trumpdate: Tons of employment-related stuff!

Posted in Discrimination, Elections, Immigration, Politics, Wage-Hour
The employment law week in Trumpland started out a little slow, but now we’re back in business. Acosta looking good for confirmation as Secretary of Labor. In contrast to nominee Andrew Puzder, the outlook appears good for his successor nominee Alexander Acosta. Mr. Acosta seems to have bipartisan support in the Senate, and has even… Continue Reading

Trumpdate: What do you think about Andrew Puzder and his “scandals”?

Posted in Discrimination, Elections, Immigration, Politics, Wage-Hour
The confirmation hearing for Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, is supposed to take place tomorrow. While we wait to see what happens, I thought it might be fun to open a comment thread so we can opine about the issues that have been raised against him. Do you think they’re legitimate? Do you… Continue Reading

Trumpdate: Court refuses to stay TRO against travel ban, Puzder hearing scheduled

Posted in Elections, Immigration, Politics
Yesterday, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the Trump Administration’s motion to stay the temporary restraining order issued by a federal judge in Seattle. This means that the TRO, which blocks the temporary travel ban from taking effect, will remain in place. The Administration may seek review by… Continue Reading

Daily Trumpdate: Rough times for Puzder?

Posted in Elections, Immigration, Politics
The confirmation hearing for Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, has been postponed yet again – now it’s scheduled for Tuesday, February 7. According to the Washington Post, Mr. Puzder has submitted his paperwork to the Office of Government Ethics, which is reviewing it and has not yet turned it over to the… Continue Reading

Daily Trumpdate: DOL requests extension in overtime case

Posted in Elections, Politics, Wage-Hour
Dum-da-dum-dum! Bloomberg BNA reports that the U.S. Department of Labor, which is the defendant in a lawsuit challenging the rule regarding white-collar exemptions to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, has asked for an extension of time to allow “incoming leadership personnel adequate time to consider the issues.” You know what that… Continue Reading

Daily Trumpdate: The 4 known SCOTUS contenders

Posted in Elections, Politics
President Trump announced yesterday that he would be naming his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court next week. The nominee, if confirmed, will fill the seat vacated by the late Justice Antonin Scalia. According to most news sources, the three leading contenders are U.S. Court of Appeals Judges William Pryor (Eleventh Circuit), Neil Gorsuch (Tenth Circuit),… Continue Reading

Fact Check: Does Labor nominee Puzder really want to put people out of work?

Posted in Elections, Politics
The Senate confirmation hearing for Andrew Puzder, President-Elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, will reportedly take place this Wednesday, January 12. (UPDATE (1/10/17): According to Politico, Mr. Puzder’s confirmation hearing will now take place on Tuesday, January 17.) Mr. Puzder’s nomination is vigorously opposed by employee advocates, unions, and Democrats. (He is still expected to… Continue Reading

Trump to nominate fast food exec Andy Puzder as Secretary of Labor

Posted in Affirmative Action, Immigration, Politics, Wage-Hour
Sources within President-Elect Donald Trump’s transition team said today that Mr. Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor would be Andy Puzder, Chief Executive Officer of CKE Restaurants, Inc., which includes Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. A formal announcement is expected on Monday. UPDATE (12/8/16): Well, I guess it’s already official. CKE’s website has a bio of… Continue Reading

What should employers do about overtime now? Ask the wage-hour lawyers.

Posted in Wage-Hour
As most readers know, the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule, which was set to take effect yesterday, was preliminarily enjoined (temporarily blocked) on November 22 by U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant III. The injunction in Nevada v. Perez applies nationwide, but the court’s decision is not final, and the DOL appealed yesterday. An article… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in ConstangyTV, Drug Testing, FOCUS, Immigration, Safety
The November edition of ConstangyTV’s Close-Up on Workplace Law tackles workplace holiday parties, the legal risks, and how to minimize those risks. Host Leigh Tyson interviews Gary Wheeler of our Jacksonville Office about what employers should and shouldn’t do. If you haven’t already done so, please subscribe to our YouTube channel. The new, improved I-9 form. Elizabeth… Continue Reading

Employment and labor law developments (and a few other things) I’m thankful for

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Elections, FOCUS, Gender Identity Discrimination, Labor Relations, Public Sector Employment, Settlements, Sexual Orientation
This has been a weird year for me. (And, no, I’m not even thinking about the election!) But I have much to be thankful for, and I hope you do, too. BREAKING THING TO BE THANKFUL FOR: Yesterday evening, the U.S. Department of Labor’s new rule governing white-collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act was struck… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in HR, Labor Relations
The U.S. Department of Labor’s new Persuader Rule, which was scheduled to take effect July 1 before it was temporarily blocked by a federal judge in Lubbock, Texas, has now been permanently enjoined. That means the new Rule is dead, subject to the DOL’s right to appeal the decision. And, of course, with the incoming Trump… Continue Reading

DOL’s new online tool may result in more OFCCP complaints

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Labor Relations, Retaliation, Safety, Wage-Hour
The U.S. Department of Labor recently rolled out www.worker.gov, an online tool designed to help employees file various types of complaints against their employers. The White House announced that the website will assist individuals “if they have had wages stolen, been injured on the job, faced discrimination, or been retaliated against for joining together to… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Affirmative Action, Discrimination, Elections, Equal Pay, Reference
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced last week that it would indeed require all employers with 100 or more employees to file EEO-1 reports that contain compensation data by EEO category, race, ethnicity, and sex. The first compensation reports will be due March 31, 2018, for a “snapshot” period that will run from October 1 through… Continue Reading

DOL announces 2017 minimum wages for federal contractors

Posted in Affirmative Action, Wage-Hour
The U.S. Department of Labor announced last week that covered federal contractors and subcontractors will be required to pay workers an hourly minimum wage of $10.20 an hour beginning January 1, 2017.  The minimum cash wage for tipped workers will increase to $6.80 an hour. The annual increases are required by an Executive Order issued in February 2014, which mandates that… Continue Reading