Knowledge Is Power: Law & Rule Changes That Could Impact Your Life

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA) & OVERTIME RULE

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires payment of overtime and minimum wage. Currently, there is an exception to overtime for certain salaried workers making at least $455 per week or $23,660 a year. Thanks to the leadership of President Obama, workers making under $913 per week or $47,476 will be eligible for overtime beginning December 1, 2016.

This will directly affect 55,000 workers in Kentucky, 134,000 workers in Ohio 16,500 workers in West Virginia and 4.3 million workers in the United States.

LABOR LAWS ON FACEBOOK & SOCIAL MEDIA

Social Media Activity (including Facebook) can be protected under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRB) as Section 7 Protected Activity NLRB has held that “likes” on Facebook can also be protected activity, which means the employer cannot fire a worker for liking certain posts. However, you should use your best judgment when posting on social media and know that even if you think something is private it is likely that your boss can and will see it.

PREGNANCY WORKERS FAIRNESS ACT (PWFA)

Despite existing protections, pregnant workers in this country still face discrimination. Pregnant workers are forced out of their jobs and denied reasonable accommodations that would enable them to continue working and supporting their families. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) would create a clear, predictable rule: Employers must provide reasonable accommodations for limitations arising out of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship.

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