New Overtime Rule Delayed, Possibly Scrapped
Businesses, breathe easier: the new overtime rule, most widely known for raising the threshold overtime exemption for salaried employees, originally set to take effect December 1, 2016, may be scuttled altogether. On November 11, 2016 Texas U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant granted an Emergency Motion for Preliminary Injunction, effectively blocking implementation of the rule. The Department of Labor appealed the decision on December 1, 2016, but recent developments suggest that the new administration may abandon the appeal and the rule altogether. In late January, the Department of Justice, on behalf of the Department of Labor, asked for a pause in the case to allow the new administration to consider its position on the matter. more
New Caloric and Nutrition Posting Regulations Affecting Franchises
On December 1, 2014, the Health and Human Services Agency’s U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA”) published final regulations implementing the nutrition labeling provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA”), as amended by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act ("FD&C Act”). Among other things, Section 4205 of the ACA set forth a requirement that restaurants and similar retail food establishments that are part of a chain of 20 or more locations doing business under the same name post the number of calories with each standard menu item, along with suggested daily caloric intake, and to make certain other nutrition information separately available in written form. more
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