Emergency Injunction Granted
A federal district court temporarily blocked the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) November 22, just days before it was scheduled to take effect. At the request of 21 states, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas granted an emergency injunction request, halting the regulations that would have required employers to pay overtime to anyone earning less than $913 per week (which amounts to $47,476 annually) beginning December 1st.
The plaintiffs alleged in a lawsuit that the U.S. Department of Labor had overstepped its authority and they requested an emergency injunction, arguing that the public interest necessitated a nationwide preliminary injunction.
For now, the overtime rule is suspended. The U.S. Department of Labor is currently considering its legal options and it could be days or weeks before the court takes further action. Among other possibilities, it could issue a permanent injunction.
Unless a court takes further action, employers do not have to comply with the rule come December 1st.
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