Monday, November 28, 2016

That is SO last week

Last week, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the Department of Labor’s new rules on overtime, which would have extended overtime eligibility to approximately 4 million Americans. The injunction prevents the regulations from taking effect on December 1, preserving the existing rules while the court considers the merits of the challenge to the new regulations brought by 21 states and several employer groups earlier this fall. The Department of Labor released a statement disagreeing with the court’s decision, which it said “has the effect of delaying a fair day's pay for a long day's work for millions of hardworking Americans.” The DOL says it is considering its legal options.

The injunction means that employers may continue to follow the existing overtime regulations until a final decision is reached. As some commentators have observed, it may be prudent for employers who have already implemented salary or employee classification adjustments in anticipation of the new regulations to leave those changes in place and refrain from making any additional changes until a final decision is reached in the federal suit.

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  • A new app called Goal Guru is designed to help improve employee wellness through wellness tracking, digital coaching, and social engagement.
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