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What’s going on with the new overtime rule?

Updated on June 21, 2017: On June 7, 2017, in testimony before the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced that the DOL would submit a request for information (RFI) on the new overtime rule in about 2 or 3 weeks. An RFI is usually one of the first steps in changing or developing a new rule. At his confirmation hearing, Secretary Acosta suggested that a new trigger point of $33,000 would be reasonable.

In 2016, the Obama administration issued a new overtime rule. The rule was set to take effect on December 1, 2016. But in November 2016, a Federal district judge enjoined the enforcement of the rule. In December, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) appealed the district judge’s injunction to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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EEO-1 Forms: Out with the New and In with the Old?

As many of you know, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission made significant changes to the Employer Information Report EEO-1 (often called “EEO-1 Report”) last year which are currently in effect. The most significant change imposes new obligations on employers to report pay data. The chart below sets out the differences between the new form and the old form.

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U.S. House of Representative passes comp time bill

On May 2, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow employees to be compensated for overtime with compensatory time, more often referred to as “comp time.” The bill was introduced by Representative Martha Roby, a Republican who represents Alabama’s second Congressional district. The second Congressional district is composed of Montgomery County and most of southeast Alabama.

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Sexual orientation discrimination may be headed to U.S. Supreme Court

Odd, bizarre, contradictory, based on gossamer-thin distinctions—all these words have been used to describe the state of the law about employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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Requiring too much FMLA documentation may cause problems

The U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a decision of a U.S. District Court in Florida involving the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). As revealed by the court’s reversal, there are some important lessons to be learned about complying with the FMLA.

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