Under current state law, employees of a common carrier of passengers by motor bus are exempt from overtime. N.J.S.A. 34:11-56a4. However, the term “common carrier of passengers by motor bus” was never defined in the regulations, leading to confusion by state enforcement officers as to the scope of that exemption. On March 18, 2013, the New Jersey Department of Labor issued a proposed new rule, N.J.A.C. 12:56-7.1, which would provides an objective definition of the phrase for purposes of the exemption. The proposed new rule defines the term to include any employer that (1) operates an “autobus” as defined in N.J.S.A. 48:4-1 and (2) has received an authorizing certificate of public convenience and necessity from the Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. The Department is requesting comments to this proposal by May 17, 2013.
Trump’s victory in Tuesday’s Presidential election has conventional wisdom predicting that his administration will defang the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in several ways. One, by ending or curtailing the agency’s current policy of pushing aggressive enforcement against employers and replacing it with a business-friendly objective emphasizing voluntary compliance. Two, by withdrawing or repealing costly or controversial new regulations, such as the agency’s new silica rule or its new “anti-retaliation” regulations that seek to effectively prohibit mandatory post-accident drug testing and safety incentive programs.
As the number of smartphones sold in the United States and worldwide overtakes sales of so-called ordinary cells phones, more Americans are using these devices while driving. A number of states have banned emailing or texting while driving, and many employers have issued policies banning their employees from texting while…..
As 2014 comes to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to remind our clients with Illinois operations about the recent legislative changes with which Illinois employers must be familiar. A number of the laws are currently in effect, while others will become effective on January 1, 2015. Below is a summary of