Court Blocks Overtime Rule

Court Blocks Overtime RegulationsLast Tuesday, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction against a new regulation expanding the number of workers who would be eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay. The new overtime regulations were to take effect December 1, 2016.  The new regulations would have raised the salary limit below which workers automatically qualify for overtime pay to $47,476 from $23,660 resulting in increased pay for millions of employees in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

The judge ruled that the U.S. Department of Labor exceeded its authority when it issued the regulations that changed the criteria for determining which executive and administrative employees are “exempt” from being paid overtime by revising the salary threshold that triggers the overtime pay exemption. The injunction stops the new rule from becoming law. It does not alter existing federal and state laws regarding fair labor standards, including properly classifying employees as being exempt from or entitled to being paid overtime.

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Ellis Carter is a nonprofit lawyer with Caritas Law Group, PC. To contact Ellis, call 602-456-0071 or email us at