Labor Secretary Nominee Acosta Moving Briskly Towards Confirmation – Suggests He Is Open To Increasing Overtime Salary Threshold
- Written by Gregory Blueford
Last week, President Trump’s nominee for Labor Secretary, R. Alexander “Alex” Acosta, testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (“HELP”) Committee, which oversees his nomination. Acosta’s nomination comes after President Trump’s initial choice, Andrew Puzder, withdrew from his nomination following strong opposition from both Republicans and Democrats.
While most onlookers consider Acosta’s hearing fairly uneventful, with some suggesting many of his answers were evasive, there are some interesting takeaways from his answers. When asked about the Obama Administration’s proposed rule to raise the salary threshold of $23,660 for white collar workers to be exempt from overtime to $47,476, Acosta did not fully condemn the proposal as would be consistent with the Republican Party line. You can read more about the proposed changes to the federal overtime rule here.
- Written by Anthony Oceguera
Crafty plaintiff attorneys continue to attack companies for their use of pre-employment background checks. As previously discussed here, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals permitted a prospective employee to bring a class action lawsuit because the employer’s form used for background checks contained a waiver of claims, in violation of the Fair Credit Report Act (“FCRA”), without showing they were harmed by the waiver.