Obama-Era DOL Overtime Rule Struck Down

August 31, 2017 | Scott R. Green

After months in limbo, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant struck down the Obama Administration’s November 2016 rule that would have expanded overtime protections to millions of white collar workers.  Had it been implemented, the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “white collar” exemption threshold would have essentially doubled to just over $47,000 per year and would have increased the overtime eligibility threshold for highly compensated workers from $100,000 to about $134,000.

Scores of business groups opposed the rule in a litigation filed in the Eastern District of Texas.  Prior to this ruling, the Trump Administration had declared intentions to rewrite rather than scrap the rule.  However, with this recent pro-business ruling, any future changes to the salary threshold remain uncertain.

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