A federal judge in the Eastern District of Texas has put the brakes on the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, which would have more than doubled the minimum annual salary for overtime exempt employees from $23,660 to $47,476, and would have taken effect on December 1, 2016.
The injunction applies nationwide.
Although the injunction is only temporary, the judge’s language indicates that he is likely to strike down the rule. The Department of Labor issued a statement strongly disagreeing with the judge’s decision, and suggesting an imminent appeal. In light of this case and the new administration, the ultimate fate of the new overtime rule remains unclear.
- Federal Judge Blocks Obama Administration's Overtime Pay Rule, NPR (November 22, 2016).
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