Employment Law Alert

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Blocking Overtime Rule - WDJW Employment Law Attorney Quoted in The Gainesville Times

The U.S. Department of Labor’s highly-publicized Overtime Rule was scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016.  Many employers across the country have been planning for the change for months.  The most notable change in the new Overtime Rule would be an increase in the salary threshold for millions of exempt employees from $23,660 to $47,476.

On November 22, 2016, in what has been described as a total surprise by some in the industry, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction.  The preliminary injunction preserves the status quo, meaning that, for now, the new Overtime Rule will not take effect as planned on December 1.  Employers should be aware, however, that the judge’s ruling is only preliminary, and the litigation will continue in the form of appeals.  The main question is whether the Department of Labor has authority to issue the new Rule, and it may be some time before the appeals are heard and a final decision is reached.  Employers should stay apprised of the situation and the current litigation.  Employers should also pay attention to the political happenings in Washington, as President Obama, a chief proponent of the new Rule, leaves office in January.

WDJW Employment Law Attorney Madeline Wirt was quoted regarding the developments on the front page of The Gainesville Times.  To see the article, click here:  http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/120466/.

For questions, please contact one of our employment law attorneys at 770-535-4001 or on the web at www.wdjwlaw.com.  

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