On May 18th, the U.S. Department of Labor released new rules regarding the requirement for overtime pay for white collared salaried employees who do not primarily perform executive, administrative, or professional duties. The new rules were to increase the mandatory overtime pay (time-and-a-half-pay) for hours worked in excess of 40 per week for workers who earned up to $47,476 per year. The old threshold was $23,660 per year.
On November 29th, a Federal District judge based in Texas imposed an injunction against the ruling. The judge said that the Labor Dept. ruling exceeded the authority granted by the U.S. Congress. This means that the new overtime rules will not be imposed for the time being. It is expected that the ruling will not be revisited until Donald Trump is inaugurated, so the expectation is that the new overtime ruling will not go into effect at all.
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