10 HR developments to act on in 2017
1) Changes to overtime laws
However, on Nov. 22, 2016, a federal judge in Texas entered a nationwide injunction halting implementation of the new overtime law. Thus, at least for the time being, the proposed amendments to the overtime regulations will not be implemented and shall have zero legal effect. Employers who acted proactively by already instituting changes to employees’ salaries and classifications to ensure compliance should, for purposes of employee morale and retention, at least consider resisting the temptation of unwinding these overtime changes in light of the Texas court decision. On the other hand, companies who failed to implement these changes prior to Dec. 1 may sit back for now, but should nonetheless monitor this issue for the foreseeable future until such time that (1) the Texas decision is reviewed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and (2) the impending Trump Administration announces an official position on this issue.