Labor & Employment Law Updates


OFCCP Proposes Religious Exemption Regulation

ROBERT E. GREGG | 09.04.19

Legislative and Administrative Actions

OFCCP Proposes Religious Exemption Regulation. On August 15th the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP), which regulates government contractors, issued proposed regulations which “ensure that conscience and religious freedom are given the broadest protection permitted by law.” The religious “exemption” allows faith-based organizations to receive Federal contracts and be exempted…


The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act

ROBERT E. GREGG | 08.12.19

Legislative and Administrative Actions

The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act. A law has been introduced in the House (HR 3884) and Senate (S 2227) to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substance Act, and expunge a number of marijuana possession convictions. Removing marijuana as a controlled substance would also allow…


Longest Time Without Minimum Wage Increase

ROBERT E. GREGG | 07.01.19

Legislative and Administrative Actions

Expansion Of Employment Retirement Plans. In another bipartisan display, the House of Representatives voted almost unanimously (417 for, and only 3 against) to allow changes in employee retirement plans and benefits (Bill HR 1994). The bill would remove contribution limits on 401(k)-type plans, raise the mandatory minimum distribution age to 72…


Expansion Of Employment Retirement Plans

ROBERT E. GREGG | 06.11.19

Legislative and Administrative Actions

Expansion Of Employment Retirement Plans. In another bipartisan display, the House of Representatives voted almost unanimously (417 for, and only 3 against) to allow changes in employee retirement plans and benefits (Bill HR 1994). The bill would remove contribution limits on 401(k)-type plans…


Paycheck Fairness Act Passed By House

ROBERT E. GREGG | 05.06.19

Legislative and Administrative Actions

Paycheck Fairness Act Passed By House The PCFA has passed the House. It strengthens the Equal Pay Act by prohibiting pay secrecy (already prohibited by the NLRA); prohibiting arbitration agreements which ban class actions over pay (i.e., the Epic decision); strengthening remedies for pay discrimination; and eliminating caps on damages…


DOL Releases Proposed Exempt Salary Rules

04.02.19

LEGISLATIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS

DOL Releases Proposed Exempt Salary Rules. On March 19, 2019 the Dept. of Labor finally issued its rules to raise the minimum Exempt Salary Basis to $35,308 per year ($679 a week). This is far less than an earlier proposal, yet a significant increase from the current level which has been frozen at $23,660 annually for years…