21 States Sue to Block DoL’s New Overtime Rules.

On Tuesday, 21 states filed a lawsuit seeking to block the Department of Labor’s new mandatory overtime rules which sought to expand overtime payments to more than 4 million workers nationwide.  Hours later, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which was joined by other pro-business groups, filed a separate challenge in federal court.
The states and Chamber claim that the new rules, which will require employers to pay overtime to salaried workers earning less than $47,500 per year and are set to go into effect on December 1, would place an undue burden on employers and the states themselves.
For its part, the government has vowed to fight the lawsuit vigorously.  It will have to counter the main arguments set forth by the states: that the DoL abused its authority by increasing the salary threshold so drastically, and that it violated federal law by setting the threshold at the 40th percentile of income.
We will be watching developments in this lawsuit as they happen.  Check back for updates.

Protecting Workers from the Zika Virus

Zika has been a top story in the news for several months now. Carried by Mosquitos, the virus typically has mild symptoms for those infected, but can cause devastating birth defects in unborn children. In areas where Zika is spreading, outdoor workers can be especially vulnerable to acquiring the infection. Preventing Zika exposure is similar to preventing other mosquito borne illnesses. According to OSHA, here are some ways for outdoor workers to prevent Zika infection:

  • Use mosquito repellent when outdoors, especially one containing DEET
  • Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, so removing sources of stagnant water can reduce the numbers of mosquitoes which can in turn lower chances of infection
  • When working outside, wear long sleeve shirts and pants

According to the CDC, many people infected with Zika will not have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms which include a fever, rash,  conjunctivitis, muscle pain, and headache. However, because of the devastating effects on unborn babies, it is very important to minimize the spread of Zika virus.

Sign up for our Survivor Fantasy Football League

Football season is back which means it is time again for the Trojan Labor/Acrux Staffing Survivor Fantasy Football League. Each week the players that remain will log into our Survivor Fantasy Football League site and select a team that they have not previously chosen to win in their game that week. Deadline to log in each week is 5 minutes before the first game of the week. If the team you chose for that week wins, you continue on to the next week, but if the team you chose that week loses their game you are eliminated from the league.

First prize is three nights in one of our fabulous vacation retreats in either Beaver Creek, Colorado or Maggie Valley, North Carolina.  Second prize is a $100  gift card and third prize is a $50 dollar gift card. To see pictures of the vacation properties CLICK HERE

To sign up, please contact your local Trojan Labor or Acrux Staffing office or sales representative. Deadline to register is September 7th.

This contest is for customers only