By: MELANIE TROTTMAN
WALL STREET JOURNAL
WASHINGTON-A federal judge issued a nationwide injunction blocking a sweeping regulation set to qualify millions more Americans for overtime pay Dec. 1, delivering a blow to one of President Barack Obama’s signature workplace rules.
The Labor Department completed the rule in May as part of the Obama administration’s goal to restore and expand the middle class — either by raising incomes for workers in industries such as retail, food service and beyond or by giving them back personal time they’ve forgone while working extra hours unpaid.
The rule would require employers to start paying overtime to workers earning salaries of less than $47,476 a year-a threshold the business community and many states say is too big a jump from the current $23,660 last updated in 2004. Some workers whose salaries exceed the threshold can qualify for overtime pay depending on job duties.
Even without court action, the fate of the rule has been far from assured as it also faces a possible strong challenge from Donald Trump, the president-elect who has vowed to roll back business regulations.
The injunction was issued Tuesday by Judge Amos Mazzant in Texas.
Judge Mazzant in the order said the challengers had made a sufficient case “that the Department’s salary level under the Final Rule and the automatic updating mechanism are without statutory authority.”
The Labor Department wasn’t immediately available for comment.
The legal challenges to the rule originated as two separate complaints-one by a group of twenty-one states and the other by a coalition of more than 50 business groups. The plaintiffs, whose cases have since been consolidated, sought to overturn the rule on the grounds that it overstepped the government’s authority.
Among other things, the lawsuit originally filed by the states alleged that a mechanism in the rule that automatically will increase the overtime threshold every three years was finalized without going through a rule-making process plaintiffs contend is required by law. The plaintiffs said that step — an unprecedented move made by the Labor Department-means stakeholders won’t have the chance to provide their input before the massive changes take effect.
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Lunch and One Hour of CE
Thursday, December 1st
Register at 10:30am
Lunch, meeting and live webinar 11:00am-12:30pm
HEALTH INSURANCE AWARENESS WEEK
October 2-8, 2016 is declared “Health Insurance Awareness Week” by proclamation of Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke!
Please join us for our member meeting Wednesday, October 5 at Deaconess Gateway.
Registration begins at 10:30 and the Webinar with NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein starts promptly at 11.
Lunch will be served so please RSVP by Monday, October 3.
Also note: The week of October 2nd has been proclaimed Health Insurance Awareness Week by Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.
The move combined with other insurer defections will leave Hoosiers with just five Obamacare marketplace options.
Indiana University Health Plans is pulling out of the Obamacare marketplace in Indiana, just one month after state regulators approved its proposal to raise premiums nearly 15 percent.
IU Health Plans said Monday afternoon it had “restructured its product offerings for 2017” and no longer will be offering individual plans on the exchange. It said the change was necessary “to adapt to new market dynamics” as well as uncertainty created by withdrawals of several other insurers.
The health insurance marketplace in Indiana and other states faced “heightened financial uncertainty,” James T. Parker, president of IU Health Plans, said in a statement.
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September 22, before the Annual SWIAHU Golf Outing, David Berman talked about the newly approved Consulting Fee. David entered the life insurance business in 1972 and has held numerous leadership positions within ISAHU and NAHU.
We all have experienced the increased workload with less or no commission. It was a timely topic as we enter into individual open enrollment season.
Dwight Hall and Bill Robinson also gave short updates on Legislation and Membership.
The golf outing followed with tee time at 11:30.
NAHU has a new bank draft contest!
There are two ways to win:
1. New members joining by bank draft between the dates of 9-1 and 11-30 will be entered into a drawing for $250 gift card. We are giving away 14 of those in this category
2. Current members RENEWING and changing from annual to bank draft in that same time frame will also be entered into a drawing for $250 gift card and there are 14 of those as well.
There are a total of 28 gift cards being given away. Additionally, all 28 of those winners will be dumped into another drawing for another $500 gift card, SO they have a 1/28 chance of getting another $500 on top of their $250.
NAHU will be drawing the 1st or 2nd week of December which will give those winners some extra Christmas money!! Hopefully everyone will consider moving to automatic bank draft so that they will be entered in this contest.
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