January 26, 2017
Event Sponsor: McBrayer
Employment Best Practices
"Perspectives on Wage and Hour and Kentucky Employment Law Update"
Stephen G. Amato
Key points from Steve's session:
- The Kentucky Legislature and Gov. Bevin recently enacted three laws that will have an impact on employers going forward: HB 1, which is "right to work" legislation that ends closed shops throughout Kentucky; HB 3, which repeals prevailing wage considerations for contractors on public projects; and SB 6, the "Paycheck Protection Act," which prohibits employers from deducting union dues from employee paychecks absent express consent of the employees.
- The final rule on the "white collar" overtime exemption salary threshold may be dead in the water. It was enjoined by a Texas federal judge in November, which prevented it from going into effect on December 1st of 2016. There is a reasonable question as to whether the Trump administration will continue the litigation; instead they may engage in administrative rulemaking to supersede the rule's provisions.
- HB 3 also includes a provision that prevents local governments from imposing wage standards such as minimum wage and prevailing wages higher than state law standards.