President Trump Scraps Obama Rule That Would Have Required More Gender, Race, And Ethnicity Pay Data To Be Collected

In one of a continuing series of actions moving away from the prior administration’s labor law policies, President Trump has canceled a requirement that employers provide the federal government additional gender, race, and ethnicity information about their compensation practices. The Obama Administration had approved a new policy on September 29, 2016, requiring employers with 100…

Florida Workers’ Compensation Premiums Going Up By 14.5%

Florida employers should expect a 14.5 percent increase in their workers’ compensation insurance premiums based on a new appellate court decision. The increase should become effective soon, unless another appeal is filed with the state Supreme Court. Florida’s First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee approved the increase on May 9 after, by coincidence, the…

Miami Beach Minimum Wage Law Ruled Invalid

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine’s campaign to establish a higher minimum wage for his city has run into a judicial roadblock, as a Miami judge has declared the local wage ordinance illegal and unenforceable. Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Peter R. Lopez ruled on March 27 that the Miami Beach ordinance that had established a separate…

Florida’s Minimum Wage Increases a Little Bit for 2017

While the federal minimum wage remains stuck — since 2009 — at $7.25 an hour, Florida’s own state minimum wage has increased to $8.10 for 2017. It had been $8.05 an hour. Of the 21 states that have raised their minimum wages for 2017, Florida is one of four that increased the existing minimum wage…

Obama Administration to Appeal Ruling Prohibiting New Overtime Pay Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor‎ will appeal a recent nationwide injunction that blocked the implementation of a new overtime pay rule that had been set to take effect on December 1. The DOL said it would appeal to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans a November decision by U.S. District Judge Amos…

Obama’s New “White Collar” Overtime Rules Blocked by Texas Federal Judge

A federal judge in Sherman, Texas, has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the implementation of new Obama Administration “white collar” exemption rules. The new rules were set to take effect on December 1, and would have expanded by more than four million the number of American workers entitled to receive overtime pay. The Department…

New Form I-9 Required for Employers as of January 22, 2017

Employers may obtain and start using the new I-9 “Employment Eligibility Verification” federal government form for their employees now, but must start doing so no later than Sunday, January 22, 2017. On that date, all previous versions of Form I-9 will be deemed invalid. After January 21, 2017, employers must use only the revised Form I-9…

New Overtime Pay “White Collar” Rules Challenged in Lawsuits Filed by 21 States

The state attorneys general of Nevada and Texas have a filed a federal court lawsuit seeking to declare invalid the Obama Administration’s new “white collar” exemption rules governing the payment of overtime compensation. They ask the court to vacate and set aside the new rules. Nineteen other states, not including Florida, also joined the lawsuit…

California Farmworkers Get New Overtime Pay Benefits

California, often a path-breaking state in the field of workers’ rights, has adopted legislation expanding the right to receive overtime pay for an estimated more than 825,000 farmworkers across the state. The bill, promoted by the United Farm Workers of America, was signed into law by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown on September 12 after it…

NLRB Rules Once Again That Employers Cannot Prohibit Employees From Asserting Class Actions — Even Though the Courts Hold to the Contrary

Refusing to acknowledge court decisions to the contrary, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled once again that an employer that enforces a policy requiring its employees to waive their right to pursue class, collective, or representative actions in an arbitration or in court, is violating federal labor laws. In two cases involving former…