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Offit Kurman Telebriefs® | New Chair of the EEOC, Overtime Rules & Congressional Developments

On May 8th the Senate confirmed Janet Dhillon as the new chair of the EEOC. Dhillon comes to her new position with a decidedly pro-management background, having been in legal in-house positions at national retailer Burlington, and at US Airways and JC Penney. The EEOC now has a reconstituted quorum and thus we can expect policy directives and litigation prerogatives in the near future emanating from the Commission.

The public comment period has now ended regarding the proposed DOL white collar overtime salary adjustments so at some point in the near future we can expect the Labor Department to publicize its newly constituted exempt salary level of $35,308. Labor groups have severely criticized what they view as an inadequate salary level, while business groups have deemed the proposed new level as “anti-business”. Nevertheless, we expect the proposed level to be implemented in early 2020. Thus, employers should prepare now for the new salary level.

The House of Representatives has been active in proposing a multitude of workplace legislation, most of which has little chance of enactment, given the Republican control of the Senate. For details about the proposed legislation listen in to the Telebrief recording.


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About the Telebriefs®

The Telebriefs® are 30-minute, information-packed phone calls geared towards executives, HR directors, supervisors, managers, and business owners. Join Howard K. Kurman, as he discusses employment law developments occurring over the past two weeks that will most significantly impact employers nationwide. These twice-monthly phone calls are an easy way to stay current and compliant with the latest employment law developments that will significantly affect you and your company. The goal is to provide information and insights to help executives stay current with the latest workplace law developments and in front of trends, to enable proactive policy-making and management. Our guarantee: You will learn something useful on every call!

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Howard K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.





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