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Week of 6-7-24
Congressional Overview

Congress returned to Washington, D.C. this week. The Senate considered nomination votes and voted on the Right to Contraception Act. The House heard from retired former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, on the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, both chambers are working on their FY25 appropriations bills this month.
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Delaying the Overtime Rule
The Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO) is requesting that the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) stay the effective date of its overtime final rule published in the Federal Register on April 26, 2024, (89 FR 32842) to allow for judicial review, as the rule is currently being challenged in two federal courts. Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) also introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) challenge this week that would nullify the overtime rule.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is considering the Department of Labor’s (DOL) statutory authority to implement a minimum salary threshold related to the overtime pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Additionally, a lawsuit filed on May 22, 2024, before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas is challenging the legality of the substantial increase to the minimum salary threshold included in the final rule as well as the rule’s triennial automatic updates to the threshold.
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House Considers FY 25 NDAA
The FY 25 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) advanced out of the Armed Services Committee on May 22 by a 57-1 vote. It is now being considered by the House at large, with members filing more than 1,000 proposed amendments. It would authorize $895 billion in spending in accordance with statutory budget caps set by Congress last year.

Filed amendments would shore up support for Israel; bar the use of authorized funds to build, maintain or repair the pier being used to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza; and would prohibit TRICARE from covering gender-affirming care. The NDAA authorizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and often serves as a legislative vehicle for the procurement of military construction.
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Sen. Manchin Files as an Independent
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin announced last Friday he has officially left the Democratic Party and filed as an independent. Manchin, a lifelong Democrat who previously served two terms as governor, said that since his election to the Senate in 2010, he has “seen both the Democrat and Republican parties leave West Virginia and our country behind for partisan extremism while jeopardizing our democracy.” He will continue to caucus with the Democrats while he serves out his Senate term.

 

Older Reports

FULL REPORT FOR 1-8-24

FULL REPORT FOR 1-29-24

FULL RPEORT FOR 2-9-24

FULL Report for 3-8-24

FULL REPORT FOR 3-22-24

FULL REPORT FOR 4-22-24

 

 

Recently approved requirements that may apply to you and your business

IDOL Equal Pay Certificate

 Per HB 4604 (P.A. 102-0705) of the 102nd General Assembly, private businesses with 100 or more employees are required to submit an application to obtain an Equal Pay Registration Certificate by providing certain pay, demographic and other data to the IL Department of Labor by March 24, 2024 and recertify every two years after the first submission.  The law also requires such employers to submit certain information with their application, including: a statement certifying that the business is in compliance with the Equal Pay Act of 2003 and other State and Federal laws related to equal pay.  For the purposes of this requirement, “business” is defined as “any private employer who has 100 or more employees in the State of Illinois and is required to file an Annual Employer Information Report EEO-1 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but does not include the State of Illinois or any political subdivision, municipal corporation, or other governmental unit or agency.  Please visit IDOL’s Equal Pay Registration Certificate page to access the online portal that businesses must use to submit their contact information and required data to IDOL, a training guide for use of the portal, a compliance statement template, and other certification information and resources.  In addition, you are encouraged to review the Frequently Asked Questions section of the IDOL webpage.

Paid Leave for All Workers Act

On January 10, 2023, the Illinois General Assembly approved SB 208 (P.A. 102-1143), the “Paid Leave for All Workers Act”.  This new law requires private employers to provide earned paid leave to employees to be used for any reason.  The Paid Leave for All Workers Act takes effect on January 1, 2024 and sets forth a minimum of 40 hours (or 5 days) paid leave for all employees (regardless of size of employer).

The new law includes an exemption for signatory employers of collective bargaining agreements in the construction industry and states the following: “In no event shall this Act apply to any employee working in the construction industry who is covered by a bona fide collective bargaining agreement…”.  In addition, the Act includes a very specific definition of “construction industry”: “Construction industry” means any constructing, altering, reconstructing, repairing, rehabilitating, refinishing, refurbishing, remodeling, remediating, renovating, custom fabricating, maintenance, landscaping, improving, wrecking, painting, decorating, demolishing, or adding to or subtracting from any building, structure, highway, roadway, street, bridge, alley, sewer, ditch, sewage disposal plant, waterworks, parking facility, railroad, excavation or other structure, project, development, real property, or improvement, or to do any part thereof, whether or not the performance of the work herein described involves the addition to or fabrication into, any structure, project, development, real property, or improvement herein described of any material or article of merchandise.  “Construction industry” also includes moving construction related materials on the job site or to or from the job site, snow plowing, snow removal, and refuse collection.

However, while the law exempts signatory contractors in the construction industry from these new requirements, the new law will apply to a contractor’s administrative and other support staff who are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.  Please visit IDOL’s Paid Leave for All Workers Act page to access more information on this new law.  The webpage also includes a Frequently Asked Questions section.

Annual Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Public Act 101-0221, Illinois employers are required to train employees on sexual harassment prevention on an annual basis.  The training must be completed by December 31, 2023.  This requirement applies to all employers with employees working in this State.  Please visit the IL Department of Human Rights Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Program page to access more information, including Frequently Asked Questions.

 

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