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  • Schools Oppose State Involvement on HS Athletics Rules

    by Amy Donaldson November 2016

    A survey commissioned by the Utah High School Activities Association's board of trustees found that officials from nearly 100 Utah high schools oppose the rule proposed by the Utah state board changing the way high school athletes can transfer between schools.

  • Coatesville Board Member Uses Racial Slur at Meeting

    by Kathy Boccella November 2016

    In the three years since it was rocked by racially charged text messages between the then-superintendent and athletic director, the Coatesville Area School District has strived to move past the scandal and the bitterness it spawned. Recently, that effort has not gone so well.

  • CFP Committee Faces Dilemma Over Conference Title

    by George Schroeder November 2016

    Without diving too deep, we're looking at the very real possibility that for the first time in its short tenure, the selection committee will decide a team that did not win its league is among the four best.

  • Federal Court Blocks Overtime Expansion Rule

    by Michelle Rindels November 2016

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    LAS VEGAS - A federal court on Tuesday blocked the start of a rule that would have made an estimated 4 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay heading into the holiday season, dealing a major blow to the Obama administration's effort to beef up labor laws it said weren't keeping pace with the times.

    The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas granted the nationwide preliminary injunction, saying the Department of Labor's rule exceeds the authority the agency was delegated by Congress. Overtime changes set to take effect Dec. 1 are now unlikely to be in play before vast power shifts to a Donald Trump administration, which has spoken out against Obama-backed government regulation and generally aligns with the business groups that stridently opposed the overtime rule.

    "Businesses and state and local governments across the country can breathe a sigh of relief now that this rule has been halted," said Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who led the coalition of 21 states and governors fighting the rule and has been a frequent critic of what he characterized as Obama administration overreach. "Today's preliminary injunction reinforces the importance of the rule of law and constitutional government."

    The regulation sought to shrink the so-called "white collar exemption" that allows employers to skip overtime pay for salaried administrative or professional workers who make more than about $23,660 per year. Critics say it's wrong that some retail and restaurant chains pay low-level managers as little as $25,000 a year and no overtime - even if they work 60 hours a week.

    Under the rule, those workers would have been eligible for overtime pay as long as they made less than about $47,500 a year, and the threshold would readjust every three years to reflect changes in average wages.

    The Department of Labor said the changes would restore teeth to the Fair Labor Standards Act, which it called "the crown jewel of worker protections in the United States." Inflation weakened the act: overtime protections applied to 62 percent of U.S. full-time salaried workers in 1975 but just 7 percent today. The agency said it's now considering all its legal options.

    "We strongly disagree with the decision by the court, which has the effect of delaying a fair day's pay for a long day's work for millions of hardworking Americans," the labor department said in a statement. "The department's overtime rule is the result of a comprehensive, inclusive rulemaking process, and we remain confident in the legality of all aspects of the rule."

    The Department of Labor could appeal the Tuesday ruling.

    Related from AB: Understanding the Dept. of Labor’s New Overtime Rules

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  • HS Sues Association After Controversial Playoff Loss

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    Fenwick High School filed a lawsuit Monday against the Illinois High School Association after the board of directors made the decision to uphold an illegitimate overtime win for Plainfield North in the class 7A semifinals.

  • HS Postseason Ban Overturned After Eligibility Hearing

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    On Tuesday, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association called for a hearing to investigate the eligibility of Wayne Hills varsity football players Hunter and Tyler Hayek. Claims of ineligibility were based on the assertion that the brothers transferred to the Wayne Hills school district in October of last year without registering a suitable change of residence. Evidence to these claims was provided by driver’s licenses showing a previous address in Woodland park, and a voter registration for the boys’ father under the same outdated address.

  • Officials to Discuss NHL's Role in Olympics in Meeting

    by Kevin Allen November 2016

    After taking five trips to the Winter Olympics since 1998, the NFL has tepid enthusiasm at best for committing to PyeongChang, South Korea, for the 2018 Games. When the International Olympic Committee decreed that the NHL would have to pay transportation and insurance costs to send players, the league was ready to pull the plug on its Olympic presence.

  • Columbia Suspends Wrestling Season to Investigate Group Chat

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    One week after the Harvard men’s soccer team’s “scouting report” was publicized and condemned by university officials, the Columbia University wrestling team finds itself at the hub of a similar scandal. The team has been called out by student journalists who gained access to private messages sent by the team using the app GroupMe which contained a sequence of racist, misogynistic and homophobic slurs.

  • NFLPA Plans to Form Committee on Marijuana

    by D. Orlando Ledbetter November 2016

    The NFLPA is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to the wellness of its members, even if the latest stone is currently banned. The union is actively looking at marijuana as a pain-management tool.

  • Colorado FB Coaches Call for Playoff Ranking Reform

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    After a new ranking system produced an unlikely playoffs roster, high school coaches across the state of Colorado are looking to the Colorado High School Activities Association for revision in 2017.