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Overtime pay update blocked by federal judge prior to taking effect

Despite efforts by the Obama administration, the new overtime rule that would have expanded eligibility to nearly four million Americans has been blocked a federal judge. The law, which would have required employers to pay time-and-a-half to their employees who worked more than 40 hours in a week and earned less than $47,476 annually, was set to take effect on Dec. 1. According to NPR, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III was responsible for issuing the preliminary injunction in the case after siding with plaintiffs who believed the new rule would’ve caused government costs in their respective states to increase ... Read More

Oil spill in Gulf is much larger, new analyses indicate

Since the Deepwater Horizon leased by BP exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, analysts have been trying to determine how much crude oil has been spewing into the water. The official number for the gushing oil flow, established by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and announced by the U.S. Coast Guard on April 28, is 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) per day. However, other scientists and researchers analyzing video footage of the leak say that the actual amount of oil escaping from the broken pipe is likely to be much, much larger. Two weeks ago, Florida State University oceanographer ... Read More

New Chrysler accepts responsibility for older models

Chrysler Group LLC, formed when Chrysler LLC reorganized under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last spring, changed its stance on lawsuits filed by or on behalf of drivers and passengers who were injured in pre-bankruptcy Chrysler model vehicles. The new Chrysler says it will now assume accountability for the older cars and trucks. The old Chrysler faced 160 lawsuits filed by people injured in defective Chrysler vehicles – lawsuits that the company originally intended to leave behind in bankruptcy court. Chrysler spokesman Michael Palese said that the newly formed company, of which Fiat owns a 20 percent stake, is more confident ... Read More