It’s been a bad week for the Department of Labor in Texas, and it could get a whole lot worse before the month is over.
On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings issued a permanent injunction preventing the DOL from implementing its controversial persuader rule.
Also this week, the Texas federal judge hearing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s challenge to the DOL’s impending overtime rule change (set to take effect Dec. 1) announced that he will issue a ruling by Nov. 22 on whether to enjoin the new white-collar salary threshold. Stay tuned.
If both cases go employers’ way, the DOL will definitely be crying Texas tears over its Thanksgiving turkey.
Here’s what else I read this week:
- Could “mansplaining” create a gender-bias claim? It’s direct evidence of it says one court! — via Eric Meyer’s The Employer Handbook Blog
- Employers: Groping An Employee Is Still Illegal — via FisherBroyles
- Fired HIV-Positive Employee To Receive $103K in McDonald’s Settlement of EEOC ADA Lawsuit — via Joe’s HR and Benefits Blog
- 7th Circuit To Revisit Title VII Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ruling — via The Labor & Employment Law Blog
- Oh, wait a minute — sexual orientation bias DOES violate Title VII? — via Robin Shea’s Employment & Labor Insider
- How To Deal With Being The Only Black Man In An Office Full Of Conservatives — via Deadspin
- Navigating the New World of Mobile Rules at Work — via Workforce Magazine
- The secret to eating fried chicken at a germ-ridden keyboard — via The Verge
- Email Etiquette: Things to Know Before You Hit “SEND” — via Next Blog
- The consequences of the Trump presidency on cybersecurity — via Engadget Mobile
- Cyberslackers – An Inside Threat — via TalentCulture
- Preparing for a Data Security Breach: Ten Important Steps to Take — via Socially Aware Blog
- How Many Times Would A Hacker Need to Guess Your Password? — via Ride The Lightning
- Bug Lets Hacker Become Writer on The White House’s Medium Page — via Vice’s Motherboard
- Sometimes It’s OK to Be Political at Work — via Workforce Magazine
- No, You Can’t Force People To Resign for Supporting Trump — via Evil HR Lady, Suzanne Lucas
- What the heck is vicarious liability and why should you care? — via Mike Haberman’s Omega HR Solutions
- When an employee misses work with a self-inflicted illness — via Ask a Manager
- Employers Need to Recognize That Our Wellness Starts at Work — via Harvard Business Review
- Exotic dancers, wage and hour claims, and arbitration clauses — via Phil Miles’s Lawffice Space
- What Will The Gig Economy Look Like Under President Trump? — via Gig Employer Blog
- Did the DOL Salary Basis Regulations Just Get Trumped? — via Wage and Hour Law Update
- Does Withholding Final Wages Create FLSA Claim? — via HR Daily Advisor
- Can an Employer Require That an Employee Submit FMLA Certification from a Specialist to Support the Need for FMLA Leave? — via Jeff Nowak’s FMLA Insights
- Employers May Seek More Than Just a “Doctor’s Note” For FMLA Certification — via Dan Schwartz’s Connecticut Employment Law Blog
- Employee Reports FMLA for One Workday in the Middle of Vacation — via Matrix Radar
- Technology Continues to Evolve in Union Organizing — via CUE, Inc.
- Walmart, labor group clash over app that connects employees — via USA Today
- The Trump Presidency and the NLRB: Change May Come Slowly — via Labor Relations
- The World According to Trump: Trump’s Impact on Traditional Labor — via Currents
- Trump’s election might have kayoed OSHA’s new tower industry regs — via WirelessEstimator.com
- What to Expect From OSHA in a President-Elect Trump Administration — via Environmental & Safety Law Update
- OSHA delays enforcement of limitations on post-accident drug testing — via EmployerLINC