As reported by Education Week’s Politics K-12 Blog, President Donald Trump wants to merge the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor into a single agency focused on workforce readiness and career development. The plan, part of a broader effort to overhaul the federal government, was announced during a cabinet meeting today (June 21). It would require congressional approval.
A summary of the proposal contained in a White House outline of the federal overhaul plan indicates the combined agency would be renamed the Department of Education and the Workforce, “charged with meeting the needs of American students and workers from education and skill development to workplace protection to retirement security.” Continue reading President Trump proposes combining U.S. Departments of Education, Labor
Federal Judge Amos Mazzant, of the Eastern District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction Nov. 22 that delays implementation of a regulation set to take effect next week, on Dec. 1, that would raise the salary threshold under which many workers qualify for overtime. The injunction will remain in place while the Court determines the U.S. Department of Labor’s authority to impose the rule and the rule’s validity.
Under the new standard most salaried workers earning up to $47,476 a year must receive time-and-a-half overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours during a week. That’s more than double the current salary threshold for overtime eligibility of $23,660. There are concerns that this 100% increase in the salary threshold and the accelerated implementation of the requirement exceeds the fiscal capacity of many school districts. Continue reading Court Blocks New Federal Overtime Rule
New federal rules issued today by the Obama Administration raise the salary threshold under which many workers qualify for overtime. The WASB will hold a Webinar on the Fair Labor Standards Act and the impact of the new rules on schools on June 22, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Click here for registration information.
The final rule focuses primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels needed for Executive, Administrative and Professional workers to be exempt. Under the new standard most salaried workers earning up to $47,476 a year must receive time-and-a-half overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours during a week. That’s more than double the current salary threshold ($23,660). (See Department of Labor news release.)
Continue reading U.S. Labor Department Issues New Regulations Governing Worker Overtime Pay