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  the overtime threshold salary to $47,476. The new Trump adminis- tration increase was meant to be a compromise.
Affected members should double- check to make sure they comply. The Labor Department found 11,018 overtime rule violations in 2019, forcing payment of millions in back wages. Don’t make a mistake and find yourself on the hot seat.
The full text of the regulation is available from the Department of Labor. Members who need additional assistance are always welcome to reach out to our Director of Government Affairs, Greg Kaloustian 631-875-1018 or
Congress’ Spending Deal to Include Election Security Funding for States December 16, 2019. Lawmakers announced today that Congress’ government-wide spending deal for 2020 will include $425 million for states to protect U.S. elections against foreign interference and other cyberattacks and malfunctions. The House and Senate voted on the final package.
Lawrence Norden, director of the Electoral Reform Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, said: “With this funding, Congress is taking an important and necessary step to protect the vote in 2020. State and local jurisdictions need this money to replace outdated election equipment, improve cyberse- curity, and take other essential steps to prevent or recover from hacks and malfunctions in next year’s elections.
“But this funding should not be Congress’ only investment in election security. We must understand that cyberthreats against our elections are a long-term problem that requires long-term planning and solutions.
State and local election officials need more than haphazard funding to fight that battle. They need a partnership with Congress that includes sustained and ongoing investments in election security. Every jurisdiction must be able to build election infrastructure designed to withstand today’s ever-evolving threats.
“At the same time, recipients of this federal funding must use it to increase the security of our nation’s election infrastructure, and ensure that in the face of cyberthreats, all Americans are able to vote with confidence in free and fair elections.”
While the House passed a spending bill this summer with strong account- ability measures, the spending deal announced today is not as detailed. The Brennan Center recommends state and local governments use the funds to do the following: hire additional cybersecurity staff, replace paperless machines with equipment that uses paper ballots, upgrade critical infrastructure like voter registration systems, build robust resiliency plans so election jurisdictions can recover in the event of a cyberattack, and conduct post-election audits. The Brennan Center also urges Congress to use its oversight authorities to ensure the money is spent on these pressing security needs.
There is Nothing Pro-Worker in the PRO Act
January 15, 2020. Labor unions have been in decline for decades. But now the Protecting the Right to Organize, or PRO Act, under consideration in Congress is working to rebuild union membership by fundamentally changing how union elections are held. Perhaps most concerning for small businesses is that the PRO Act would eliminate the secret ballot process, creating an environment ripe for coercion.
Now is the time to contact your elected officials in the U.S. House of Representatives and ask them to oppose the PRO Act, H.R. 2474.
Specifically, the PRO Act delivers even more power to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which oversees union elections. If a union loses an election in a workplace, the NLRB can file a complaint, claiming the employer interfered in the election process – whether that’s true or not. Once the complaint is filed, regardless of merit, and the NLRB obtains authorization cards from a majority of workers – it can simply nullify the election and establish the union. This takes away the right to a secret ballot election.
What’s more, the bill would require employers to share their employees’ private contact information with union organizers in advance of an election without the employees’ consent. Furthermore, the PRO Act would allow union members to boycott anyone in a supply chain even if they don’t work directly for the company.
This bill doesn’t stop there. It also includes restrictions on the use of subcontractors and requires employ- ees in heavily unionized industries to pay dues – whether or not they are part of the union – known as a “closed shop.”
“The PRO Act is a union wish list that will hurt workers, consumers, small businesses, and the economy.”
Small businesses work hard to attract, train, and retain its workforce. H.R. 2474 would be a gift to unions that would hurt both employers and employees.
Therefore, we need you to act.

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