States Seek Injunction Against Overtime Rule

October 13, 2016 – Twenty-one attorneys general from predominantly Republican states requested Wednesday evening that a Texas court issue an emergency preliminary injunction against the Labor Department’s final overtime rule. The rule, to take effect in December, will raise (to $47,476) the salary threshold under which virtually all workers are guaranteed time-and-a-half pay if they work more than 40 hours in any given week. The rule also indexes the threshold to inflation. “Without this Court’s intervention, on December 1 of this year the United States Department of Labor … will impose upon the Plaintiff States irreversible budgetary damage, displacement of State policy choices about crucial governmental functions and services, workplace and administrative disruption, and possibly even eventual employee terminations,” they said. The legal challenge has a partisan cast: all 21 attorneys general save one (Louisiana’s Jeff Landry) hail from states with Republican governors, and Landry is himself a Republican.

By Ted Hesson with help from Cogan Schneier and Marianne LeVine, Politico
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