Texas Judge makes final ruling on previously stayed Overtime Rule!
The Obama era Overtime Rule issue has been resolved with a final ruling from U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant. The District Court’s ruling granted summary judgment in favor of litigants challenging the 2016 changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act increasing minimum annual salary requirements for those qualifying for exempt status under the Act from $23,660 to $47,476. A temporary injunction in November 2016 prevented the rule from taking effect pending a decision by the District Court. The Court’s latest ruling relieves employers of any obligation to raise minimum wage standards and maintains the existing salary threshold. Although the current Administration has the ability to challenge the ruling, it has already issued a Request for Information (“ROI”) signaling an unlikely intent on the part of the Department of Labor to follow through on any subsequent challenge. The ROI comment period ends on September 25, 2017 for those interested in weighing-in on the subject.