Federal Judge in Texas Halts Implementation of New Overtime Rule

On November 22, 2016, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the U.S. Department of Labor‘s impending rule expanding the number of workers who would be eligible for overtime pay.  The DOL increased the overtime salary limit below which workers automatically qualified for overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,892. This regulation was scheduled to…

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‘Joint Employer’ Lawsuit vs Amazon, Trucking Companies Illustrates Reach of Doctrine Pushed by NLRB

Gauri Punjabi, an attorney with Mintz Levin, sees an expanded reach for labor under the NLRB approach.

“With the NLRB loosening the joint employment rules, more employees are now possibly able to unionize and have the ability to seek greater benefits and negotiate the terms and conditions of employment with a possibly bigger employer,” she said.

Right now, there seems to be focus primarily on the franchise model, as in a pending NLRB action against McDonald’s. Punjabi stated there are a few risks to employers from these kind of actions.

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New York Department of Labor Issues Final Regulations for Direct Deposit and Payroll Debit Cards

On September 7, 2016, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) adopted final regulations (“Final Regulations”) limiting the methods by which New York employers may pay their employees and defining mandatory procedures for the use of direct deposit and payroll debit card payments. The Final Regulations, which closely track earlier proposed regulations, will become…

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