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The Birmingham Section started 2015 with a political reception at the Murray Building Co. jobsite at the old Merita Bread Bakery. More than 150 members were in attendance with city and state officials. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the site as well as barbecue from Joe McNabb and Hendrix Chevrolet.

New Minimum Salary Rule Holds Surprises for Employers - and They're Not All Bad

After more than two years of publicity and tremendous speculation surrounding what the new overtime regulations
of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") would look like after President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to
"modernize and streamline" them, the final version of the rule is finally here – and now the work really begins for
employers. By now, we’re all familiar with the reasons behind the changes (but if you’re not, you can see our article
here that links back to three earlier articles on the topic). So, let’s get to the nitty gritty of the actual changes to the
overtime rule and what they mean for you.

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DOL Announces Final Over-Time and Exemption Rules

Employers look to the Fair Labor Standards Act to determine employee classification for overtime purposes (i.e. which employees must be paid overtime and which are exempt). In 2014, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to update the overtime regulations to reflect the original intent of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 235 OUT OF 358 METRO AREAS BETWEEN APRIL 2015 AND 2016 AS DEMAND REMAINS STRONG FOR MOST PROJECT CATEGORIES

Construction employment rose between April 2015 and April 2016 in two-thirds of the nation’s metro areas, while spending on most types of structures increased for the year despite a drop in the latest month, according to a new analysis of federal data on employment and construction spending released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said that many parts of the country continue to benefit from strong demand for construction services.

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