A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Department of Labor final overtime rule that would double the minimum salary threshold for salaried employees, indefinitely postponing the December 1 effective date while he weighs challenges to the rule.
IPC has been mobilizing our members on this issue for months; and we’ve collaborated with the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity, a broad-based business coalition, in advocacy and education efforts. We’ve brought IPC member company executives face-to-face with members of Congress to discuss the issue; encouraged your calls and letters; sent letters on behalf of all IPC; joined in coalition statements to Congress; and endorsed positive alternatives in Congress (S. 2707/H.R.4773).
As a result of the ruling:
- Employers do not need to implement changes by the December 1, 2016 deadline, although the court, after hearing the full case, could allow the rule to go forward.
- The incoming Trump Administration now has more time to make changes and end the rulemaking permanently or issue a new rule.
- Congress could address the final overtime regulations during the lame duck or in the beginning of the 115th Congress.
The IPC Government Relations Team will continue to monitor this situation, advocate for your interests, and keep you informed.
If you want to weigh in, you can still take action today: Visit http://protectingopportunity.org/protecting-workplace-opportunity/#/4/ to add your names to the thousands of Americans who are petitioning Congress to block the DOL rule.