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Overtime Law Update

November 28, 2016 - Attorney Lars Anderson - A federal judge in Texas has halted the Department of Labor’s new Federal Overtime Rule scheduled to go into effect on December 1. The overtime regulation would have raised the minimum salary for the Executive Professional and Administrative exemption from $23,600 to $47,476.

Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a temporary nationwide injunction on Nov. 22. The injunction was issued in response to an emergency motion filed by twenty-one states, which was consolidated with another case filed by the United States Chamber of Commerce and other business groups. Judge Mazzant stated in his decision that a temporary injunction “preserves the status quo while the court determines the department’s authority to make the final rule as well as the final rule’s validity.”

Due to the nationwide temporary injunction, the new overtime regulation will not take effect on Dec. 1. Employers may continue to follow the existing overtime regulations until a final decision is reached in the case, however, employers should be prepared to make the necessary changes in case the temporary injunction is dissolved.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Lars Anderson at or 570-287-3000 ext. 1110.

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