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Employers can’t adopt a broad no-recording rule

On June 1, 2017, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a decision of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) about an employer rule barring employees from making recordings without prior approval.

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New overtime regulations ruled invalid

Update: On October 30, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) filed a notice to appeal this decision to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Once this appeal is docketed, the DOL will file a motion to hold the appeal in abeyance while the department undertakes further rulemaking to determine what the salary level should be.

The Obama Administration issued new regulations about overtime that were to take effect on December 1, 2016. Just before they were to take effect, a U.S. district court in Texas enjoined the regulations. So since about December 1, 2016, employers have been in legal limbo about what’s going to happen.

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What’s going on with the new overtime rule?

In 2016, the Obama administration issued a new overtime rule. The rule was set to take effect on December 1, 2016. But in November 2016, a Federal district judge enjoined the enforcement of the rule. In December, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) appealed the district judge’s injunction to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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U.S. House of Representative passes comp time bill

On May 2, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow employees to be compensated for overtime with compensatory time, more often referred to as “comp time.” The bill was introduced by Representative Martha Roby, a Republican who represents Alabama’s second Congressional district. The second Congressional district is composed of Montgomery County and most of southeast Alabama.

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Employers must begin using new I-9 Form

As of January 22, 2017, employers must use the new I-9 Form when onboarding new employees.

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