Tag Archives: Obama Administration

So Long, Secretary Perez: DOL Head's Goodbye Message

Last week, outgoing Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez released a farewell “Memorandum to the American People.” It mostly reads as a recap of the DOL’s news releases over the past several years, touting various DOL initiatives and advocating for further changes, like increasing the minimum wage and mandating paid family leave. The memo must strike … Continue Reading

DOL OT Exemption Rules DOA? Federal Wage Theft Legislation? Probably Not ...

In a move that should surprise precisely no one who has been paying attention to current U.S. politics, GOP lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate introduced legislation to block the U.S. DOL’s anticipated¬†overtime exemption rules, just two days after the DOL sent the final rule to the Office of Management and Budget. OMB review … Continue Reading

Hints About New FLSA Regulations Begin to Emerge: Minimum Salary May Double

Last spring, I made some predictions about what the new FLSA regulations would likely include when they were finally released. The regulations were delayed, but what we expect hasn’t changed, as I explained in November. On Twitter this past Friday (and you should be following @WageHourInsight, if you aren’t already), I highlighted an article that … Continue Reading

Department of Labor, Trucking Industry Big Winners in Congress's CRomnibus Bill

In the run-up to the holidays, Congress rushed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to President Obama’s desk entitled the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015. The omnibus spending bill, nicknamed “CRomnibus,” avoided another government shutdown and funded most federal agencies (save for the Department of Homeland Security) through the federal government’s 2015 fiscal year, which … Continue Reading

Department of Labor Sends Final $10.10 Minimum Wage Rule to OMB for Approval

Back in February, we told you about President Obama’s Executive Order 13658 increasing the minimum wage for federal contractor employees. Late last week, the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division (WHD) submitted its Final Rule implementing EO 13658 to the White House Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).  … Continue Reading

Senate Confirms First Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division Administrator in Decade

The Senate voted narrowly on Monday to confirm David Weil as administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD). The narrow 51-42 majority followed a similarly narrow 12-10 party-line committee vote in December. The WHD is the DOL division that, among other duties, implements and enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) … Continue Reading

President Seeks Additional Funding for DOL to Clear Case Backlog

Although unlikely to be passed in its current form, President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget request to Congress allocates an additional $2 million of the Department of Labor’s requested $1.8 billion budget so that the Department’s Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) can hire additional personnel primarily to deal with a massive backlog of cases. … Continue Reading

Obama Administration Expected to Expand Wage and Hour Protections, Disclosures for Federal Contractors' Employees

Recently, we told you about President Obama’s Executive Order increasing the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 per hour. Tomorrow, President Obama is expected to announce that he will sign two new executive orders that will apply to federal contractors: (1) one order will forbid retaliation by federal contractors against employees that discuss … Continue Reading

Obama Calls for Revisions of "White-Collar" FLSA Overtime Exemptions

In an unexpected move, the Obama administration officially announced today that it will issue a Presidential Memorandum to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) instructing its Secretary to update regulations regarding overtime protection for workers under the FLSA. Any changes to the regulation would be the first since 2004, when the Bush administration increased the … Continue Reading

Perez Confirmed as Labor Secretary; Obama Names New NLRB Nominees; Another Appellate Court Overturns Recess Appointments

The last three days have brought a flurry of important developments for employers. On Wednesday, the Fourth Circuit joined the D.C. Circuit (Noel Canning) and Third Circuit (New Vista Nursing) in overturning President Obama’s January 2012 recess appointments of Members Richard Griffin, Terrence Flynn (who has since resigned), and Sharon Block to the National Labor … Continue Reading

Obama Nominates New Labor Secretary

This morning, President Obama formally nominated Thomas Perez to be the next Secretary of the Department of Labor.  Mr. Perez, an assistant U.S. Attorney General, will replace outgoing Secretary Hilda Solis.  Mr. Perez’s nomination is widely supported by the labor community.  Mary Kay Henry, the president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), stated on … Continue Reading
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