House Votes to Delay DOL Overtime Rule

Yesterday, Congress voted to delay the start date for compliance with the DOL’s new overtime rule.  As we posted earlier this week, the legislation proposes a six month delay, but does not propose substantive changes to the rule.  According to Reuters, the vote was 246 to 177, with 5 Democrats joining 241 Republicans in voting for the… Continue reading House Votes to Delay DOL Overtime Rule

Congressional Subcommittee Seeks to Block New DOL Overtime Rule

The House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections has introduced a bill which would delay the effective date for the DOL’s new overtime rule from December 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017. The Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act (H.R. 6094), is sponsored almost entirely by Republicans and does not propose material changes to… Continue reading Congressional Subcommittee Seeks to Block New DOL Overtime Rule

21 States Challenge DOL Overtime Rule

As businesses gear up to comply with the new DOL rule for exempt administrative and executive employees, a group of officials from 21 States have filed a legal challenge to the constitutionality of the new rule.  The lawsuit, filed in the Eastern District of Texas, challenges the increased salary requirements and the automatic future salary increases that… Continue reading 21 States Challenge DOL Overtime Rule

Clarification of Oregon Sick Leave Rules

BOLI has set September 26, 2016 as the last day for public comment on clarification of the Administrative Rules for Oregon’s paid sick leave law.  According to BOLI, the proposed clarifications: “Add ‘employee’ definitions. Clarify ‘regular rate of pay’ in definitions. Update jointly employed employees rule. New rule explaining restoration of sick time. Clarify employer… Continue reading Clarification of Oregon Sick Leave Rules

Talking about Dress Code Violation = Concerted Activity

A recent NLRB Board Decision is a reminder to employers that employees have a legal right to seek support from co-workers regarding workplace concerns. The case involved an employee who was disciplined (in her opinion unfairly) for violations of the employer’s dress code.  The employee approached a co-worker to ask his advice about how to… Continue reading Talking about Dress Code Violation = Concerted Activity

Genius Bar Rejects 50+ Genius

Age discrimination is alive and well, as evidenced by this story about a 54 year old retired software engineer who worked at Apple for more than 20 years but was rejected when he applied to work at the Apple Genius Bar. http://www.oregonlive.com/living/index.ssf/2016/09/how_common_is_age_discriminati.html More interesting statistics and stories about age discrimination from a recent NY Times article are here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/04/opinion/sunday/youre-how-old-well-be-in-touch.html?_r=0… Continue reading Genius Bar Rejects 50+ Genius