Oh my! Today – November 22, 2016 – a judge in Texas blocked federal overtime rules that would have opened up the way for pay increases and overtime pay for millions of workers across the nation. The new rule was set to go live on December 1, 2016. Read on for the details…
“The Obama administration proved true to form when it ordered the Department of Labor to revise its interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Namely, the administration assumes that through force of will alone, it could order a new economic reality into existence. The finalized overtime rule hurts the American worker. It limits workplace flexibility without a corresponding increase in pay and forces employers to cut their workers hours. All in all, it exchanges the advantages of negotiated benefits, personal to each worker, with a one-size-fits-all standard that only looks good in press statements. Not on my watch.”
The injunction halts enforcement of the new federal overtime rules until the government can win a countermanding order from an appeals court. With the Republican sweep over control of both houses of Congress, the DOL will be facing quite a battle to win back the ability to require implementation of the now blocked overtime rules.
All I can tell you is – Stay Tuned! I will continue to update you all as changes occur. In the meantime, no one is trying to block the new I-9. So, move forward on your internal audits. Find and Fix the problems before the January 22, 2017 implementation date.
Until Next Time, Be Safe and Be Audit-Secure!,