Congress convened on January 3 to usher in the 115th Congress and begin immediate work in an effort to deliver on election promises. With Republican majorities in both houses, an incoming Republican administration and one of the busiest Congressional calendars in years, 2017 promises to be an action-packed year that will bring much change. .
Jan. 19, 2017
Dec. 20, 2016
When the new year is ushered in, congressional Republicans and President Trump will have a huge amount of work to do in order to be successful delivering on campaign promises. The Trump administration has been very vocal that they want to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), make changes to corporate tax reform — which will include small business — and individual tax reform, and make significant changes to our immigration laws.
Dec. 14, 2016
Following months of preparation for the December 1 FLSA changes, the injunction issued on November 22 temporarily stopped implementation, requiring quick action by higher ed HR and other campus leaders. See what actions institutions have taken in response to the injunction.
Nov. 30, 2016
If you were to poll a random number of employees about your organization’s performance management process, what do you think they’d say? Chances are, they’d lament that it is not helpful, that it’s just one of those “must-do” tasks or that it doesn’t add value to their work. So how can we as HR professionals help turn the tide of ineffective performance management? How can we help managers understand the importance of creating a hands-on, ongoing dialogue surrounding an employee’s performance throughout the year?
Nov. 29, 2016
On November 16, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas granted a nationwide, permanent injunction in National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Perez. The decision made permanent a June 27 preliminary injunction and prevents the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing and enforcing its recent changes to the persuader rule, which was scheduled to go into effect July 1.
Nov. 14, 2016
The comments express our concerns that the proposed rule grants the Department of Justice investigative powers that go “far beyond the boundaries of [the Immigration and Nationality Act] in a way that ignores the statutory context, runs contrary to Congress’s intent, and is not necessary to the effective administration of the immigration-related unfair employment practices provisions of the INA.”
Nov. 10, 2016
On October 24, hours before the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule (the blacklisting rule) was set to take effect, a federal judge in the Eastern District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction to halt most of the provisions of the rule from going into effect. The one provision that the court left in place was the pay transparency requirement, which will go into effect January 1, 2017.
Nov. 8, 2016
The guidance is based on previous enforcement actions the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission have taken against employers who have “agreed not to compete for employees” and sets forth basic principles that HR professionals can follow in order to avoid running afoul of antitrust laws.
Nov. 1, 2016
Update: On November 22, a U.S. District Court judge from Texas issued a preliminary injunction postponing the effective date of the overtime rule, meaning the rule will not go into effect on December 1.