BREAKING NEWS – DOL Overtime Rule Blocked

The new Department of Labor (DOL) federal overtime rule, scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1, has been blocked by a federal judge. In a 20-page order, Texas U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant issued a temporary injunction halting the rule nationwide. The rule would have extended overtime pay to more than 4 million workers by requiring employers to pay overtime to workers earning less than $47,476 annually.

The ruling is in response to an emergency motion filed by 21 states to block the implementation of the rule. The states, along with business groups and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, argued that the DOL exceeded its authority with the size of the increase and the automatic adjustments every three years.

The delay means that employers can continue to follow existing overtime regulations for the time being. The rule could still be implemented at a later date, revised, or scrapped completely. The DOL is expected to challenge the decision, the entirety of which can be read here via the New York Times.

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