The Enjoined DOL Overtime Rules Have Been Struck Down

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Back in November, we reported that a federal judge in Texas issued an injunction blocking the implementation of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules (the rules increased the minimum salary threshold for overtime exemption).  The rules were set to become law on January 1, 2017 but the injunction still applied at that time so the rules did not go into effect.

Today, the DOL overtime rules were completely struck down.  U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant – a President Obama appointee – ruled that:

“The department has exceeded its authority and gone too far with the final rule…The department creates a final rule that makes overtime status depend predominately on a minimum salary level, thereby supplanting an analysis of an employee’s job duties. Because the final rule would exclude so many employees who perform exempt duties, the department fails to carry out Congress’ unambiguous intent.”

The full opinion isn’t available to us yet, but once it is, we will review it and update you with any other important developments


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