Category: "State Laws"

Obama Administration’s Final Flurry of Labor Initiatives has Critics Crying Foul About Compliance Costs

06 December, 2016

President Obama has spent the last year of his presidency focused on enforcing labor measures that generally favor workers. The most notable of these initiatives include the wide-ranging overtime rule and an executive order expanding disclosure requirements for federal contractors. Citing high cost...

Five years in the making, controversial ‘persuader’ rule stopped just four days short of finish line

26 July, 2016

On June 27, a federal district court judge in Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the Labor Department’s controversial “persuader” rule that was scheduled to take effect July 1. This eleventh-hour stoppage was a major victory for the many states, business groups and employers th...

New FLSA Overtime Rules Make Accurate Time Tracking More Important Than Ever

31 May, 2016 | 1 Comments

Just last week, On May 18, 2016, Secretary Perez and President Obama announced that the Department of Labor finalized drastic changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which update overtime regulations. These new changes will go into effect on December 1, 2016, giving employers some time to up...

The minimum wage fight is already being waged at the state (and city) level

24 May, 2016

The federal hourly minimum wage has remained at $7.25 since 2009. For several years, the Obama administration has asked Congress to increase the federal minimum wage, to no avail. However, the federal minimum wage is just that: the least that employers must legally pay their employees. If a state w...

The Paid Leave Trend Continues at the State and City Level, With Federal Encouragement

10 May, 2016

As the Obama administration continues to push for federal paid family and sick leave requirements, it’s also prompting state and local governments to take matters into their own hands. On May 5, the Labor Department announced that it’s offering $1 million in federal grants to allow state, county or...