Today’s News and Commentary—June 28, 2017
President Trump announced one choice for the National Labor Relations Board, William Emanuel. Emmanuel is a partner at Littler Mendelson and has worked with Republicans in Congress and major trade groups from various industries. President Trump has one other post to fill on the Board, which will move it to Republican control for the first time in nearly a decade.
NPR reports that the Department of Labor sent a formal request for information on the Obama-era overtime rule, moving closer to amendment. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has signaled he would seek to lower the salary threshold under which workers are entitled to overtime. He has not yet proposed a specific amount.
Emmanuel Macron outlined his plan to overhaul France’s Labor Laws today, reports the Wall Street Journal. Business associations have praised the plans, which would, among other things, allow employers to negotiate deals with employees that would trump sector-wide rules on some working conditions. Other proposals include capping fines for unfair terminations, merging different employee associations and limiting the time for employees to appeal terminations.