By Laurie A. Petersen
On August 31, a U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas struck down the controversial high salary threshold hikes that the Department of Labor under President Obama set for overtime exemptions putting to rest employer concerns about their obligations when or if the Rule was ever implemented. The Rule was to have gone into effect on December 1, 2016, but Judge Amos L. Mazzant III entered a nationwide injunction about a week prior to the effective date of the rule. The Final Rule more than doubled the minimum salary necessary for an employer to consider a particular job (executive, administrative, professional, outside sales) exempt from overtime and significantly increased the salary threshold exemption for highly compensated employees.
While the Obama Administration appealed Judge Mazzant’s injunction to the Fifth Circuit, the Department of Justice under President Trump decided not to pursue the appeal. Instead, the Trump Administration’s Department of Labor is seeking information from the public regarding the exemptions and salary levels and published a Request for Information in late July 2017. Submissions are due on or before September 25, 2017 and request information regarding salary thresholds and the duties test. Details of the request for information and links to submit comments can be found at www.federalregister.gov.
It appears likely that the Trump Administration will still modify the overtime rule, potentially increasing the salary threshold, but the result is not expected to be as generous for workers or as costly to employers.
Lindner & Marsack, S.C. will continue to keep you posted on further developments with changes to the overtime exemptions. For more information about the DOL’s overtime exemption rules or your general employment law needs, please contact Attorney Laurie Petersen at (414) 226-4804 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or any of the other attorneys you work with at Lindner & Marsack, S.C.