Overtime rule – what’s the Trump Administration doing? Last Friday, I posted about the U.S. Department of Labor’s brief in the case challenging the Obama

Administration’s overtime rule, which has been enjoined since November 2016. The Trump DOL position had me scratching my head because it sounded an awful lot like the Obama DOL position, and I said that we’d be hearing soon from some people who really know what they’re talking about. Fortunately for us, Jim Coleman, co-chair of our Wage and Hour Practice Group, has come through with an insightful analysis of the DOL’s brief and what it may mean for employers. (Although Jim is scratching his head a little bit, too . . .)

California issues new regulations on transgender employees. Transgender employees were already protected under California law, but the new regs address a number of hot issues, including pronoun usage, restrooms, and names to use in personnel records. Nestor Barrero of our Los Angeles-Century City Office has a very helpful summary, plus a link to the regulations.

Great news for employers in the Show-Me State. Last Friday, the governor signed into law a package of legislation that will make life a lot easier for employers with operations in Missouri. The legislation, which amends the state Human Rights Act and codifies whistleblower protections, will require plaintiffs to show that discrimination was a “motivating factor” in the employer’s action, place limits on the monetary damages recoverable, and end personal liability for individual managers and supervisors. Among other good things. Go here and read all about it, from Bob Ortbals (St. Louis Office) and Spring Taylor (Kansas City Office).