On November 22, a federal judge in Texas, District Court Judge Mazzant blocked the Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule Change from taking effect on the proposed date of December 1. The judge agreed with arguments posed from states and business groups and issued an ’11th hour’ injunction that prevents the rule from being implemented on December 1.
New overtime rules affecting millions of American workers are slated to take effect later this year.
The Department of Labor doubled the salary threshold for employees to qualify as exempt. More than 4 million workers are expected to lose their exempt status. Employees covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will be entitled to overtime pay.
The Department of Labor doubled the salary threshold for employees to qualify as exempt (not entitled to overtime) from $23,000 to more than $47,000 a year. Employees covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will be entitled to overtime pay. All employers must comply by December 1, 2016.
Changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act are currently set to take place on July 1, 2016. Probably the most prominent part of the bill stipulates that the minimum salary an employee must earn to be considered exempt from FLSA overtime rules is now $50,440 (up from $23,660). Bloomberg BNA is reporting that the final rule is setting the new salary limit at $47,000. Either way, this is quite a change from what the limit was before. To know how this affects you, please review the attached guide for the updated rules.