President Donald Trump is just starting to make his mark on employment law, as he reaches his first 100 days in office on April 29. Failures aside—and there have been several, from the inability so far to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), courts blocking his travel ban executive orders and the withdrawal of Andrew Puzder’s nomination as secretary of labor—Trump has accomplished much and can be expected to make more changes to employment and immigration law, management attorneys say.

The proposed reduction of the DOL’s budget by 21 percent would considerably restrict the department’s ability to pursue wage and hour investigations and enforcement proceedings, said Steven Suflas, an attorney with Ballard Spahr in Denver and Cherry Hill, N.J. Suflas also expects a scaling back of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) initiatives, including lower penalties and less union access to OSHA inspections at nonunion workplaces.

As for the Obama administration’s overtime rule, while litigation over it has been in a holding pattern since Trump took office, Suflas expects that the salary level for the white-collar exemptions will rise from $23,660 to $33,000 per year through future DOL rule-making, assuming the overtime rule is not reinstated by the courts.

While the DOL has not yet decided what to do about overtime regulation, it should be a top priority for incoming Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta.

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