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January 2017 Newsletter

On December 8, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced his nomination for Secretary of Labor. Andrew Puzder, current Chief Executive Officer of CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., a company that operates fast food restaurants Hardee's and Carl's Jr., must now go through the Senate nomination process to become the next head of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). What does President-elect Trump's nomination of Mr. Puzder mean for the fate of the...
On December 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) filed the opening brief in its appeal of a nationwide preliminary injunction that blocks the agency from implementing its revisions to overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In its brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the DOL asserts that Judge Amos L. Mazzant III, a federal judge for the Eastern District of Texas, erred as a matter of law...
Documentation. What a pain! You have so many more important things to do. But taking the time to document is a good practice that may save you a lot of grief later. I know that most of you already know what I’m about to say, but you can share this with your “operations” management. No. 1. Good documentation provides you and your managers with a record. That’s a big deal in itself, and it becomes an even bigger deal as time slips away and...
Many businesses let out a sigh of relief after a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction halting the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule increasing the minimum pay requirements for exempt executive, administrative, and professional employees. The preliminary injunction was issued about a week before the rule was scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016. The preliminary injunction effectively maintains the status quo under the...
Netflix. Google. Proctor & Gamble. Accenture. IKEA. Greensboro, North Carolina. What do these have in common? They are employers. And they offer their employees paid parental leave. As I reflect upon the year 2016 (picture me meditating in my hyperbaric FMLA chamber I retreat to every evening), I’ve been poked and prodded about one question seemingly more than any other these past 12 months: “Jeff, how many of your other clients are offering...
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