What Happened to the DOL Overtime Rule?
UPDATE: Under the Department of Labor’s overtime rule, which was supposed to go into effect on Dec. 1, 2016, the minimum salary required to be exempt from overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act exemptions was supposed to increase to $47,476, up from $23,660. However, that increase never came to be.
What happened? In November 2016, a Texas federal judge issued a temporary nationwide injunction preventing the Obama administration DOL’s controversial rule from taking effect. This ruling was appealed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, but repeated extensions have been granted since the Trump administration took over.
Recently, the Trump DOL filed a brief with the Court of Appeals indicating that it will not seek to reinstate the high salary thresholds proposed by the Obama administration — but the brief also included a request that the court overturn any finding that the DOL generally lacks the power to set a different salary level.