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Court Puts Overtime Rule on Hold

November 30th, 2016 Comments off

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U.S. District Court East Texas Judge Amos Mazzant blocked a new rule last week that would have made millions of American workers eligible for overtime pay, and that will be seen as relief for potentially thousands of manufactured and modular housing connected companies, and other businesses too.

A preliminary injunction preserves the status quo while the court determines the department’s authority to make the final rule as well as the final rule’s validity,” said Mazzant.

The ruling grants a preliminary injunction, pushing back an effective date of December 1st for the rule, while Judge Mazzant reviews the challenge to the requirement.


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Twenty-one states challenged the overtime expansion rule that would double the threshold at which executive, administrative and professional employees are exempt from overtime to $47,476 from $23,660.

According to USA Today, the states argue that Congress never intended to set any salary threshold for the exemptions or to allow the threshold to be raised every three years, as the Labor Department’s rule specifies.

This is a victory for small business owners and should give them some breathing room until the case can be properly adjudicated,” said Juanita Duggan, CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business. The federation is challenging the requirement in a separate action.

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The Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) were among the associations that alerted the industry of the action back in May, saying, in part, “This is a reminder that all employers will have to comply with the changes made to the overtime regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act by December 1st, 2016.

A variety of trade groups, including manufactured housing, was part of the suit that brought about this court ruling.

Unfortunately, for the time being, workers will continue to work longer hours for less pay thanks to this obstructionist litigation,” Christine Owens, head of the National Employment Law Project, which is a worker advocacy group.

Department of Labor officials and worker advocacy groups said the rule would help ensure managers and administrative employees are fairly paid for the extra hours they log and narrow a growing divide between wealthy and low- to middle income households. ##

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Unemployment Benefits Fall as Economy Expands

January 2nd, 2014 Comments off

Two thousand fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, moving the rate to a seasonally-adjusted 339,000, suggesting that hiring will remain steady and layoffs low. While employers have added an average of 200,000 jobs a month from August through November, driving the unemployment rate to a five-year low of seven percent, nearly 4.5 million people received some form of unemployment benefits in the week ending Dec. 14, the latest data available. That’s 180,000 more than the previous week, according to Of those recipients, some 1.3 million stand to lose their benefits this month, reports the National Employment Law Project, because Congress refused to extend long-term unemployment benefits. That program ended last week, MHProNews has learned. Further, while existing home sales have fallen the last three months, and consumers spent more than they saved last month, indicating a drop in incomes, the economy grew 4.1 percent in the third quarter, 2013, the highest rate in nearly two years, economists think the fourth quarter will come in with a 2.5 percent growth rate.

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Job Growth may not Equal Housing Recovery

September 3rd, 2012 Comments off

From Q1 2010 to Q1 2012 low-wage occupations grew at a rate 2.7 times faster than those in the middle to higher-wage categories, HousingWire tells MHProNews. According to the advocacy group the National Employment Law Project, 1.7 million of the jobs added the last two years were in the services, retail and employment sector. Employment in the financial, real estate, manufacturing, and technical services sector grew more slowly, and those are the jobs that are key to growing and maintaining homeownership. Two low-income workers earn roughly $41,000 yearly, well below the median annual income of $65,000, which represents 73.8 percent of all homes sold in the second quarter, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/ Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index. If the housing market recovery depends upon growth in the mid-to higher-wage categories, it may yet be awhile for that recovery to fully take hold.

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