In the last six months, nearly every business was sent into panic mode and forced to quickly adjust to the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Final Rule that was set to take effect December 1, 2016.
For restaurants in particular, the Final Rule was significant as it required many exempt employees’ earning between $23,660 and $47,475 to be raised to $47,476, at a minimum. This impacted various positions ranging from managerial positions, chefs, sous chefs, line cooks, bakers, accounting, payroll, human resources, and many more. Read more. Overtime rule blocked and will not take effect December 1
In a definitive ruling issued an hour ago, the federal district court for the Eastern District of Texas granted an emergency request to put a hold on the December 1, 2016, effective date for the new federal overtime rule, until it can rule on two challenges to the rule itself. The court said today that the plaintiffs, in this case, 21 state attorneys general challenging the overtime rule, "demonstrated a substantial likelihood of success" on their case's merits regarding the unlawfulness of the DOL's final rule. The court's action stops the rule nationwide.
The Ohio Restaurant Association (ORA), along with the Clevelanders Against Job Loss coalition, have worked to push back a threat to Cleveland’s economy by changing the changing the date for a vote on a Cleveland-only minimum wage hike. Read more.