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The new overtime rule may never take effect - but don't relax just yet

Will the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit allow the new overtime rule to go into effect? If it does, how long will it take for President-elect Trump and the Republican-led Congress to stop the rule? And what should employers do in the meantime?

The new overtime rule? Never mind!

Do you remember Gilda Radner's portrayal of the Emily Litella character on Saturday Night Live? While in the midst of delivering an impassioned editorial, Emily would be informed that she had made a fundamental factual error. She would then end her tirade with a meek, "Never mind."

Trust but Verify: The Cold War's Contribution to Corporate Compliance

President Ronald Reagan wanted to learn a few Russian proverbs. An advisor had told him that Russians speak in proverbs and it might be handy to know a few as the United States and the U.S.S.R. negotiated arms treaties during the Cold War. One Russian proverb became President Reagan's favorite: "Doveryai, no proveryai" or "trust, but verify." At one joint press conference with his Soviet counterpart, the President repeated the proverb in both Russian and English. Communist Party General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev laughed and said, "You repeat that at every meeting." President Reagan smiled and said, "I like it."

Lawsuit filed against new minimum wage for white-collar workers

Do you recall that on December 1st the minimum salary for exempt employees is going to double? The current minimum is $23,660. As of December 1st, you must pay at least $47,476 to your exempt employees. If you cannot afford to do that, you will need to convert those workers into hourly employees, track their hours, and pay overtime when required.

OSHA says mandatory post-accident drug tests may violate the law

Do you routinely test employees for illegal drugs and alcohol when they are involved in a workplace accident? If so, you may incur the wrath of both the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") and the West Virginia Supreme Court.

Do You Want to Avoid the Bus Stop Crowd? Six Questions You Should Ask Before Arbitration.

"See those people over there?" the successful lawyer asked her client. She was pointing to a bus stop located across from her office. The client looked out of the third story window and down at a half-dozen individuals waiting for a bus. The view did not inspire trust: Several had just left the nearby Day Report Center and the others would likely be visiting sometime soon. The lawyer continued: "Who from that group would you trust with your most important decisions? Who would you trust to purchase your next house? To pick out a school for your children? To manage your retirement portfolio?"
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