Overtime regulations may come sooner than expected
Last week, more than 100 members of the U.S. House signed a letter asking Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Tom Perez to slow down on the proposed overtime changes. Despite these efforts, the Secretary announced that final regulations will likely be released this spring rather than the original fall 2016 date. This is the proposal from the DOL that would allow anyone earning less than $50,440/year to have overtime pay.
Menu labeling regulations expected to be delayed, again
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to announce another delay to the December 1, 2016, effective date for menu labeling. This is due to the omnibus spending legislation passed in December that stated labeling cannot take effect until one year after the final regulations are published (they aren’t).
Congress tackles online booking scams
Rep. Lois Frankel (D—FL) and Ileanea Ross (R—FL) announced that they will be introducing the Stop Online Booking Scams Act in the U.S. Congress. The legislation contains the following provisions:
Require third-party hotel booking sites to disclose, clearly, that they are not affiliated with the hotel for which the traveler is making the reservation.
Empower state attorneys general to pursue perpetrators in federal court.
Require the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to report on the impact of these fraudulent sites on consumers and to simplify the online complaint procedure for these scams.
EEOC wants more data from employers
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which currently collects employees’ ethnicity, race and sex by job category, is now proposing to collect data on W-2 earning and hours worked, beginning with the 2017 reporting cycle. They are proposing a complex system that would require employers to report aggregated W-2 data in 12 "pay bands" for the 10 EEO-1 job categories, rather than on individual employees' pay.