Monica Velazquez

Monica Velazquez, a Partner at Strasburger & Price Law Firm in Dallas, Texas, is a Board-certified labor and employment attorney. For over a decade, Monica has represented private employers, public entities and nonprofits in a variety of labor and employment law matters. Monica defends companies who are faced with discrimination, harassment, retaliation, class actions and other claims under a variety of federal, state and local laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, Title VII, ADA, FMLA, USERRA, the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act and other laws.

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The nation has demonstrated a peaceful transition of power from one administration to another, but we remain in limbo on the overtime rules. The U.S. Department of Labor’s appeal, filed in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, is still pending. At the district court level, the court denied the DOL’s request to stay the case pending the appeal.

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Where Do We Go from Here? The DOL’s finalized amendment pertaining to overtime rules was to take effect in December, but in November, a nationwide injunction was issued, temporarily blocking the implementation. As the struggle for direction of the new DOL policy continues, employers and employees alike are standing on the sidelines, preparing for whichever conclusion is made by the Fifth Circuit...

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