By M. Blake Downey, Associate Attorney U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas imposed a nationwide injunction against the U.S. Department of Labor’s hotly contested Final Overtime Rule which was set to go into effect December 1, 2016. The rule changes would have, among other things, doubled the mandatory threshold for exempt salaried employees from $23,660 to $47,476 per year. This...
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Department (“USCIS”) has published its long-awaited revised version of the Form I-9. Beginning on January 22, 2017, employers will be required to use only the new version of the Form I-9 (dated 11/14/2016 N). Until then, employers may continue to use the current version of the Form I-9 (dated 03/08/2013 N) or the new version of the Form...
ScottHulse Attorneys and Staff to Demonstrate the Importance of Voting by Walking to the County Courthouse on October 24, the First Day of Early Voting
As they have done for the past four presidential elections, on October 24, the first day of early voting, attorneys and staff of the ScottHulse law firm will walk together to the El Paso County Courthouse from their offices in the Chase Tower in downtown El Paso to exercise their right to vote. “The most important right granted to us as citizens of our democratic...
Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission Announces Bid Process for Round 2.2 Which Will Include 12 Oil and Gas Fields
Mexico’s oil regulator, National Hydrocarbons Commission (Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos “CNH”), has announced the second open bid process of Round 2. Round 2.2 includes 12 onshore oil and gas fields with prospective resources of approximately 643.2 million barrels of crude equivalent. Nine of the 12 blocks are located in the Burgos Basin in northern Tamaulipas and northern Nuevo León, and some of those fields are...
ScottHulse Attorneys to Present Employment Law Seminar for Members of the El Paso Society of Human Resource Management
Attorneys from the ScottHulse law firm’s labor and employment practice group will present an employment law seminar for members of the El Paso Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), September 28, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at The El Paso Club located in the Chase Tower in downtown El Paso. More than 100 SHRM members are expected to attend. Presentations will include “Onboarding and...
Effective Today, the Cost of U.S. Department of Labor Fines and Penalties Is Increasing Significantly
By Rosemary M. Marin, Attorney & Shareholder; Chair, Labor & Employment Effective today, August 1, pursuant to the Inflation Adjustment Act that was passed by Congress in November, 2015, and with a pair of Final Rules that were finalized on July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is implementing substantial, double-digit price increases for fines and penalties to keep up with inflation. These are the...
By now you have almost certainly heard about the U.S. Department of Labor’s Final Overtime Regulations, considered by many to be the most difficult regulatory and compliance challenge faced by employers since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA,” aka “Obamacare”). The salary level for exempt employees increased and will go into effect December 1, 2016.So, now what? Do you panic and cut staffing, anticipating an...
ScottHulse Law Firm to Present June 24th Seminar Focused on New U.S. Department of Labor Overtime Rule
ScottHulse Law Firm’s labor and employment practice group will present a seminar focusing on the U.S. Department of Labor’s new Final Overtime Rule, Friday, June 24, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the El Paso Club in downtown El Paso. The two-hour seminar for business owners, executives and managers, human resource professionals, in-house legal counsel, and accounting firms, is designed to educate employers and...
Since last June, we have been writing about the much-anticipated new overtime exemption rules. Today, President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations. The Final Rule focuses primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels for Executive, Administrative and Professional workers to be exempt. These workers currently qualify for...
The Department of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on 3/28/16 that it was making further changes to the Form I-9 in response to public comments that were made during the 60-day period that the proposed changes were listed in the Federal Register. The additional changes are also listed in the Federal Register and will be open for public comment until April 27, 2016. The...