Only 68 days into his term, President Trump and his administration have been making headlines, but have not given employers much of an indication of how Trump’s policies will impact them. Below is a roundup of some of the key issues impacting (or potentially impacting) employers.
Department of Labor
The Secretary of Labor is a cabinet level position within the Executive Branch.
If heading eastbound on I-475, there are no construction interferences. Please take exit #2 and head south (turn right) and stay in the right-hand lane. You will then take a right at the first street which will be Levis Commons.
If heading north on I-75, take exit #187 and turn left onto Route 582 for 1.5 miles until you reach the first major intersection of Route 582 and Route 25 (N. Dixie Hwy). Take a right (North) on Route 25 and continue North for 4.Read more
The recent hurricane in Texas and the impending hurricane (hurricanes?) in Florida highlight the need to maintain a current, documented, and widely distributed policy covering a variety of inclement weather situations.
Some questions your policy should address or consider:
Does or should your policy tie to an external actor or event to mandate closure (e.g.Read more
Last year the EEOC unveiled its new EEO-1 forms, which in addition to requesting information regarding sex and race of employees, separated by job classification, would also require data on wage and hour information from employers with 100 or more employees. However, just as the new form was to take effect, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced it was indefinitely suspending the form’s effective date.Read more
In August, the EEOC won summary judgment against Bob Evans on behalf of a pregnant server employed in a West Mifflin, PA restaurant. At approximately 7 months into the server’s pregnancy, the restaurant’s manager unilaterally decided to cut a her hours, removing her from all scheduled shifts and only allowing her to work on an on-call basis. The manager argued he needed reliability in staffing and did not believe the pregnant server could provide this during her third trimester.Read more
Perhaps the biggest news is the Texas trial court overturning the Department of Labor’s new rules on overtime exemption. The U.S. District Court judge ruled the EEOC’s overtime rules, which were scheduled to be implemented Dec. 1, 2016, but were stayed by the Texas litigation, were invalid and exceeded the Department’s authority. The ruling brings the Texas litigation to a close. It is unlikely the current administration will appeal the ruling to the Court of Appeals.Read more