Exempt Overtime Rule Gets Put on Hold!

The DOL ruling to increase the overtime minimum wage from $23,660 to $47,476 has been put on hold by a Federal Judge. Until a final decision is reached, employers may continue to follow the existing overtime rule.

“A preliminary injunction preserves the status quo while the court determines the department’s authority to make the final rule as well as the final rule’s validity,” said Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in a Nov. 22 ruling.

Until a final decision comes down, employers should continue business as usual. Keep in mind that it could still be implemented later down the road. A preliminary injunction isn’t permanent, as it simply preserves the existing overtime rule—which was last updated in 2004—until the court has a chance to review the merits of the case objecting to the revisions to the regulation.

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