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Four states vote to increase minimum wage
21 Nov
2016
Written by MRA

Four states vote to increase minimum wage »

Voters in four states approved increases in their respective minimum wage at the polls this November. In two of the states, Arizona and Washington, employers must now provide paid sick leave.

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Support phase-in of DOL’s overtime rule
2 Nov
2016
Written by MRA

Support phase-in of DOL’s overtime rule »

The U. S. Labor Department’s new overtime rule, which increases the minimum salary threshold for overtime exemption to $47,476, becomes effective December 1, 2016. The law more than doubles the present minimum of $23,660 in place since 2004. That’s too much, too soon.

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VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 4 –  THE TAXPAYER PROTECTION AMENDMENT
26 Oct
2016
Written by MRA

VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 4 – THE TAXPAYER PROTECTION AMENDMENT »

The constitutional security of Amendment 4 is necessary, the Coalition believes, to protect Missourians from the imposition of future sales taxes on services. In each of the last seven sessions of the Missouri Legislature, new sales taxes on certain services have been proposed.

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DOL’s Final Rule on overtime pay for salaried employees
20 Oct
2016
Written by MRA

DOL’s Final Rule on overtime pay for salaried employees »

In a Final Rule handed down on May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (Department or DOL) revised FLSA regulations defining the exemption from overtime pay for executive, administrative, and professional employees. These exceptions are commonly known as the “EAP” or “white collar” exemptions. To be exempt from overtime pay...

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U.S. House votes to delay DOL overtime rule
5 Oct
2016
Written by MRA

U.S. House votes to delay DOL overtime rule »

The House passed the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act (H.R. 6094) on September 28. Republicans voted unanimously for the bill, along with five Democrats.

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DOL OT rule challenged in federal court
5 Oct
2016
Written by MRA

DOL OT rule challenged in federal court »

Two separate lawsuits filed on Sept. 20 

Coalitions of states and business groups filed separate lawsuits within hours of each other Read more…

Group of U.S. House Democrats wants phase-in of DOL overtime rule
5 Oct
2016
Written by MRA

Group of U.S. House Democrats wants phase-in of DOL overtime rule »

The recently-passed legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives delaying by six months the effective date of the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule does not go far enough according to a group of House Democrats. The Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act (OREA) was introduced by the Blue Dog Coalition, an official caucus of 15 fiscally conservative Democrats.

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MRA Members Step Up Again
15 Sep
2016
Written by MRA

MRA Members Step Up Again »

The Kansas City Royals game on August 10 raised money for the NRA’s Restaurant PAC which helps elect the best federal candidates. The St. Louis Cardinals game on August 23 supported the MRA PAC which contributes to pro-business candidates on the state and local levels.

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GKCRA offers specially-priced ServSafe Manager classes on October 20.
1 Sep
2016
Written by MRA

GKCRA offers specially-priced ServSafe Manager classes on October 20. »

Commenting on the addition of the Spanish class this year, GKCRA President James Eddy of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen stated, “The Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association is committed to enabling the success and inclusion of all who seek opportunity within our industry.

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Additional DOL overtime seminars announced
1 Sep
2016
Written by MRA

Additional DOL overtime seminars announced »

Effective December 1, 2016, salaried employees earning less than $47,476 annually, or $913 per week, must receive time-and-a-half overtime pay when working more than 40 hours in a workweek. Employers must have a plan in place well in advance of the effective date.

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