UPDATE: What A Wreck - 21 States and Dozens of Business Groups Crash The Courts to Halt DOL Overtime Rule
- Written by Gregory Blueford
Last week, twenty-one states, including Arizona and Nevada, sped in and filed an emergency motion for preliminary injunction contesting the constitutionality of the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new rule expanding overtime protections for “white collar” workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), which raises the salary threshold for the white collar exemption to $47,476, and which you can read more about here. This motion, filed in a Texas federal court, seeks to keep the overtime rule from taking effect until there can be a full hearing on the merits of the law (and potential review by higher courts). The States are arguing that the application of the overtime rule is a violation of the Tenth Amendment right to sovereignty and that the new law will result in irreversible budget damage to the States.
- Written by Rebecca Hause-Schultz
Ask The Locals: Cities and Counties Enacting Their Own Wage Ordinances
By: Rebecca Hause-Schultz
In addition to complying with state and federal minimum wage standards, California employers must also be aware of local wage and hour ordinances. Local wage ordinances allow cities and counties to enact more employee-friendly minimum wage regulations and are becoming more popular. California cities and counties have enacted a variety of ordinances affecting wage and hour law, including: a higher minimum wage than required by state law, implementation schedules for increasing minimum wages that differ from state law; and implementation of paid sick leave laws that exceed California’s statewide minimums.