Employers Struggle with OT Plans, Today’s Jobs Report, and More
Employers Struggle to Decide Whether to Move Forward with OT Plans
The federal ruling to block the December 1st changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has left many employers who prepared for the changes undecided on how to proceed. Bloomberg BNA reports that “the toss-up decision comes for businesses that communicated a forthcoming salary hike or reclassification to workers but hadn’t gone live with it”. Bloomberg says that those companies who had not yet communicated its changes to workers find themselves in an easier spot.
OperationsInc CEO David Lewis on WHDT: Judge Blocks Overtime Pay for 4 Million Workers
178k Jobs Added in November, Unemployment at 4.6%
This morning’s jobs report showed that the U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs last month and that the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.6%, which CNBC reports is the lowest unemployment rate since August of 2007. CNBC further reports that wage gains were disappointing, “with the annualized pace of average hourly earnings increases slumping to 2.5 percent”.
Life Time Fitness to Pay More Than $970k in Employee Back Wages & Damages, Undergo FLSA Training
Minnesota-based Life Time Fitness has been ordered to pay more than 15,000 of its employees back wages and damages totaling more than $970,000. CBS reports that the fitness giant will also have to provide “formal training on FLSA requirements” to “general managers who hire, oversee, manage, and develop employment and pay practices at locations nationwide”.
NYC Independent Contractor Wage Theft Protections Effective May 2017
On November 16, 2016, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio signed the “Freelance Isn’t Free Act” into law. The Act, which will go into effect on May 15, 2017, is the first in the country to place strict requirements on employers who hire independent contractors. The requirements include providing a written contract to any independent contractor who provides services valued at $800 or more, and also outlines protections for contractors who file complaints against the companies they support.
Anticipated Workplace Law Changes Under President-elect Donald trump
With a new administration heading to the White House on January 20, 2017, changes to several workplace laws are anticipated. These potential changes include a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, adjustments to EEO-1 reporting, and the adoption of trade secret protection policies.
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