21 States Challenge New White Collar Overtime Rule

Twenty-one states are challenging new overtime rules that increase the minimum salary requirements for exempt “white collar” employees. The rules are set to increase the minimum salary that an employee who is exempt from receiving overtime must be paid from $455 per week to $913 per week.

The US Department of Labor has been developing the regulations to correct abuses that allow poverty level salaries to be paid to supervisory employees. The regulations apply to those who are currently classified as executive, administrative, and professional white collar employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and go into effect December 1, 2016.

The 21 states are Kentucky, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. They claim as applied to state and local governments the regulations violate the 10th Amendment and constitute an unfunded federal mandate.

UPDATE:  11/22/16 – US District Court in Nevada issued a Preliminary Injunction against enforcement of the new White Collar Exemption regulations. Here is the ruling: nevada-v-dol-injunction-2016-11-22

 

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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