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Build Your Company's Emerging Leaders - Webinar
Monday, 09 January 2017 20:16

Build Your Company's Emerging Leaders - Jan. 19 FloridaMakes Webinar

On Thursday, Jan. 19, you can join other manufacturers across the state -- without even leaving your desk -- by participating in the January FloridaMakes webinar created especially for manufacturers.

This month, Florida Sterling Council's Organizational Development Director Pat Sciarappa will present how to develop emerging leaders within your company - and explain how doing so can help you retain and and inspire skilled workers.

To participate, you must register by January 18 by completing the registration process through this link:  https://www.floridamakes.com/events/webinars/2075-developing-emerging-leaders.stml The webinar takes less than 1 hour and is free to FCMA members.

 
Abatix - Free December Training
Thursday, 01 December 2016 20:51
FCMA Member Abatix is offering free training to FCMA members this month! Click here for more information.
 
Professional Progress
Thursday, 01 December 2016 17:28

Professional Progress

The 2017 Professional Progress class is now open for nominations! The 25 seats available will fill up quickly, so don’t wait until the deadline to get in! Click here for the nomination form; click here for an overview of the program.

 
DOL Overtime Rule - Information
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 17:07

DOL Overtime Rule - Information from FCMA Member Smith, Gambrell, & Russell LLP

On September 20, 2016, the Plano Chamber of Commerce and more than 55 Texas and national business groups (“Business Plaintiffs”) filed a Complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division, against the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”), Secretary of Labor Perez, and other defendants to challenge the Final Rule promulgated by the DOL entitled “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees” (the “Rule”).  The Plaintiffs argued that the Rule “exceed[ed] the authority of the DOL” and was “arbitrary, capricious, contrary to procedures required by law, and otherwise contrary to law.”  On the same day, Nevada and several other states (“State Plaintiffs”) filed a similar Complaint.  Ultimately, the two cases were consolidated into one case.  On October 12, 2016, an Emergency Motion for Preliminary Injunction was filed by the State Plaintiffs to temporarily stop the Rule from going into effect.

As indicated in several SGR Client Alerts [links here], the Rule that would be going into effect on December 1, 2016 changed the pay threshold salary for exempt employees from $455 per week ($23,660 annually) to $913 per week ($47,476 annually).  The Rule also was to increase the highly compensated employee exemption annual salary threshold from $100,000 annually to $134,004.

Today, the Court granted the Plaintiffs’ motion for a temporary injunction “on a nationwide basis” to enjoin the Defendants “from implementing and enforcing the following regulations as amended by 81 Fed. Reg. 32,391; 29 C.F.R. §§541.100, 541.200, 541.204, 541.300, 541.600, 541.602, 541.604, 541.605, and 541.607 pending further order of this Court.”  The Court held that the DOL’s “salary level under the Final Rule and the automatic updating mechanism are without statutory authority.”

 

Bottom line is:  The new rules – and increased salary threshold necessary for an employee to be considered exempt – are now enjoined and put on hold.  So for now, existing standards for determining who is, and who is not, exempt will remain in effect.  More to come…

 

If you have any questions regarding these issues raised in this client alert, please contact your labor and employment counsel at Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP.

 
Networking Your Way to Business Success - Webinar
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 17:39

Gain New Business through Networking – Register by Nov. 29 here!

This webinar is free for FCMA members! $50 for non-members.

 
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