The Department of Labor announced Thursday (12/1/16) that it will appeal a federal judge’s preliminary injunction that halted the implementation of the new Fair Labor Standard Act’s overtime rule changes.
The appeal was brought by Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, Wage & Hour Administrator David Weil, Assistant Administrator Mary Zeigler and the Department of Labor.
Federal Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas put the brakes on the new federal overtime rule on Nov. 22, which would have doubled the FLSA’s salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay.
The judge’s preliminary injunction effectively halted the implementation of the new rule, which was scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1, 2016.
Twenty-one states filed an emergency motion for a preliminary injunction in October to block the rule. They claimed that the DOL exceeded its authority by raising the salary threshold too high and by providing for automatic adjustments to the threshold every three years.
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