Texas Federal Court Invalidates Overtime Rule

Texas Federal Court Invalidates Overtime Rule

Late last week, a Texas federal court judge struck down the Obama-era overtime rule that would have extended overtime pay to millions of workers. In 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) passed a final rule to increase the minimum salary required for employees to qualify as exempt from receiving overtime. By raising the annual salary requirement from $23,660 to $47,476, the DOL estimated that 4.2 million employees would become eligible to receive overtime pay. However, several states and business groups filed…

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Should We Believe Assurances That ICE Won’t Arrest Undocumented Immigrants Fleeing Hurricane Harvey?

Should We Believe Assurances That ICE Won’t Arrest Undocumented Immigrants Fleeing Hurricane Harvey?

Commentators have been understandably worried for non-citizens battling flooding and other problems caused by Hurricane Harvey, which hit the coast of Texas on August 25, 2017. Not only is their basic safety at risk, but there’s the matter of the new immigration enforcement priorities under the Trump administration. This really means no priorities at all, but an environment in which anyone who encounters Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP), regardless of their close ties to…

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If Friendly Neighbors Are So Important, Why Not Ask About Them When Buying?

If Friendly Neighbors Are So Important, Why Not Ask About Them When Buying?

An impressive 50% of prospective homebuyers say their top priority when it comes to neighborhood features is having friendly neighbors, says a recent Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homeowner Sentiment Survey. This feature ranked higher for survey respondents than school district (at 41%), financial considerations (39%), and perceived investment value (37%). The results reflect well on the common sense of today’s homebuyers. After all, a difficult or hostile neighbor can impact your personal financial considerations (for instance, if you get into a dispute over something like who…

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California’s New “Open Container” Law Applies to Driving With Marijuana in the Car

California’s New “Open Container” Law Applies to Driving With Marijuana in the Car

California has had medical marijuana since 1996. And in November 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, which legalized recreational marijuana use in the state. (Read the specifics of California’s marijuana laws.) The result was a patchwork of laws that—while achieving the primary purposes—left the public with safety concerns and law enforcement with questions about enforcement. In an effort to address the public safety and enforcement issues, the Legislature passed S.B. 94 (the “Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act”). Governor…

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California Stops Suspending Driver’s Licenses for Unpaid Traffic Tickets

California Stops Suspending Driver’s Licenses for Unpaid Traffic Tickets

In recent years, California has made efforts to alleviate the burden unpaid traffic citations place on low-income motorists. The first major step was the start of the traffic-ticket amnesty program in October 2015. The amnesty program allowed certain people with unpaid traffic or non-traffic infraction tickets to apply for fine reductions and license reinstatement. Over 200,000 Californians were able to take advantage of traffic amnesty. However, the program ended on April 3, 2017. But not to worry—Governor Jerry Brown recently signed…

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