Federal Judge Puts Hold on Overtime Expansion

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The new regulation that would’ve qualified more salaried U.S. workers for overtime, set to go into effect Dec. 1, has been delayed.

A U.S. District Court judge in Texas, Amos L. Mazzant III, issued an injunction Tuesday, suggesting the Obama administration exceeded its authority with the regulation, according to The New York Times. The rule would increase the minimum salary that makes an employee automatically eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476.

The injunction will temporarily halt the new regulation until the judge “can issue a ruling on the merits,” though “many said the judge’s language indicated he was likely to strike down the regulation,” according to The Times.

“The fate of the regulation had already been thrown into question by the election of Donald J. Trump as president two weeks ago,” the Times story continues. “Mr. Trump has promised to reverse many regulations approved during the Obama administration, and the Republican Congress has generally criticized the scope of the expansion of overtime eligibility.”

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