Overtime Rule changes anticipated soon. Over a year ago, attempts were made to change the Overtime rules. While these changes failed, new proposed overtime changes are planned to be announced this year that may go into effect by 2020. These changes will address which employees may be required to be paid overtime. Information on the changes will come in the form of Proposed Regulatory Rules and will request the public’s comments on the proposed Rules before becoming final.
In light of these changes, its wise that employers begin to identify any employees who are classified as exempt but paid below $40,000. Employees may also want to discuss these overtime changes with their employer once the Proposed Rules become final.
Employers should discuss these issues with experienced employment law attorneys if any questions arise.
Kansas SHRM honored the Galdean Law Firm with the 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award.
Galdean Law Firm believes that “Diversity is not about how we differ; Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness.”
The Firm this past year assisted with presentations about disabilities, presented as a panel on “Using a Mentor” to Hispanic College Students, supplied pro bono services to disadvantage individuals, been a sponsor for the Scholarship Banquet for Hispanic Students, supplied the speech at a Citizenship Ceremony along with participating in diversity events with other associations.
As part of the Award, Kansas SHRM will make a donation to a charity chosen by the Galdean Law Firm. The charity chosen is the Kansas Hispanic Education & Development Fund. This non-profit assist to keep talented young Hispanics in Kansas through education scholarships and career development programs.
The Founding Attorney at the Galdean Law Firm, Trinidad Galdean, stated that “Diversity is the one true thing we have in common. The Firm enjoys helping diversity based groups and learning about their uniqueness.”
A day after Labor Day, President Trump’s Administration announced the withdrawal of DACA (known as Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals) program. DACA generally involves supplying undocumented individuals some relief if they arrived in the US before the age of 16 and meet other requirements. While DACA defers any deportation in specific circumstances, it also permits the recipient to work in the US with a work authorization.
In the US, an employer is prohibited from employing a person not authorized to work in the US. The withdrawal ultimately results in the loss of the DACA employee’s work authorization.
While the withdrawal effects nearly 700,000 DACA employees in the US, it also affects their employers. It is predicted about 30,400 DACA recipients will lose their work authorizations each month under the planned withdrawal.
The effects of DACA winding down are major concerns for DACA recipients but soon employers will be addressing the loss of DACA employees. Addressing the issues now, positions an employer to minimize the impact of DACA ending. Employers and DACA employees should also seek counsel from an attorney with DACA and employment law experience.
Immigration continues to be a key issue in Presidential elections since at least the Reagan years. This Presidential election has each top Candidate with different policies in this area. The attached link (while somewhat neutral) supplies a good summary on where Clinton and Trump stand on immigration during the election. The positions are laid out around 8:00 into the video. We will have to see how things develop after the election. https://www.yahoo.com/news/the-issues-where-do-trump-and-clinton-stand-on-immigration-205240624.html