Submitted by EXECUTIVEDIRECTOR on Tue, 11/29/2016 - 12:47pm
When two lawsuits were filed in Texas seeking to block the Department of Labor's new overtime rule, which more than doubles the required salary level to qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act "white collar" exemptions, few predicted the lawsuits would be successful. But the polls were wrong (again). On November 22, 2016, a Texas District Court Judge (an Obama appointee) granted a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the rule.
Nevada et al. v. U.S. Department of Labor et al., No. 4:16-CV-00731. In a stunning victory for the 21 States and various business groups that brought two separate cases challenging the new overtime rule, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas - Sherman Division issued a nationwide preliminary injunction enjoining the DOL from implementing and enforcing the Final Rule, which was set to go into in effect on December 1, 2016.