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  • Obama's Labor Legacy: Overreach and Overregulation

    January 19, 2017

    Seal of the U.S. Department of Labor

    Over the past eight years, the Department of Labor has consistently pushed the boundaries of its authority. The agency’s overreach has greatly restricted how people work and how employers may run their business, and benefited labor unions over the public good.


  • 'Corporate Campaign' Deployed against Labor Secretary Nominee Puzder

    January 18, 2017

    Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) United

    Since President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder to Secretary of Labor, Democrats, labor unions, and their allies have deployed a...
  • Union Front Groups Deploy Dishonest Tactics against Nominee Puzder

    January 17, 2017

    For the past eight years, labor unions have greatly benefitted from federal labor agencies regulatory onslaught and overwhelming union bias. The Department of Labor and National Labor Relations Board have...
  • A Federal Gift Clause Could Help 'Drain the Swamp'

    January 11, 2017

    If President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are serious about coming through on the campaign promise to “drain the swamp,” it would serve them well to look to the states. They should consider introducing legislation...
  • Worker Freedom Coming in the New Year

    December 29, 2016

    Major labor reform is on the horizon in 2017. The forecast: worker freedom may be coming to a state near you.  

    In the New Year, it is likely that three more states will give workers the choice whether or not to pay fees to a union. Due to the election outcomes, several states gained...

  • Labor and Employment Reforms for the Next Congress

    December 14, 2016

    In the arena of labor and employment policy, the next Congress will have its hands full in reversing eight years of red tape that has unduly burdened the private sector and the individual’s ability to set their own terms of work. Fortunately, the Competitive Enterprise Institute recently published ...
  • Court Strikes Down Another Unlawful Labor Rule

    December 13, 2016

    On December 12, 2016, the federal Northern District Court of Texas put the final nail in the coffin of the Department of Labor’s misguided persuader rule. The lawsuit brought by the National Federation of Independent Business argued that the rule violated free speech and undermined...
  • Obama Overtime Rule Would Have Wreaked Havoc Starting Today

    December 1, 2016

    Today, the Obama Department of Labor’s new overtime regulation was scheduled to go into effect. The rule abruptly increased the number of salaried employees eligible for overtime pay by raising the overtime threshold dramatically, from the current $23,660 to $47,476. Thousands of businesses, universities, nonprofits, and local...
  • Court Blocks Overtime Rule

    November 23, 2016

    Labor Secretary Thomas Perez learned a harsh lesson this month. Public servants at federal agencies cannot allow their political preferences to guide their regulatory agenda. Rather, they must fulfill the mission of the agency as Congress intended.

    The folks over at the Department of Labor  (DOL) do not seem to comprehend that. Once again, a court has issued an injunction against a DOL regulation. This time it was President Obama's signature overtime rule, finalized on May 23, 2016, which would more than double the salary threshold for overtime eligible employees from $23,660 to $ $47,892.

    On November 22, 2016, Judge Amos Mazzant, Obama appointee Eastern Texas U.S. District Court, agreed with the argument of 21 state Attorneys General and issued a nationwide...

  • Courts Reject Department of Labor Decrees

    November 17, 2016

    It has been a pretty tough month for the Department of Labor (DOL), and it may soon get worse. In the span of a couple weeks, two Obama administration decrees have been enjoined by U.S. Districts Courts. A third could be coming soon. Reports indicate that the United States District Court Eastern District of Texas will rule next week on whether to issue an emergency injunction against the DOL’s overtime rule.

    The first injunction issued this month was against DOL and Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council regulations that implemented an Obama executive order that would institute new reporting requirements on federal contractors, known as the “blacklisting rule.” The rules require contractors who bid on federal contracts in excess of $500,000 to report alleged and actual labor violations over the last three years. Reported violations of any of the 14 federal labor statutes may...


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