Client Alert: Update on Stalled Federal Overtime Exemption Rule Changes
By James Reidy and Mark Ventola
In a ruling issued on November 22, 2016, a Federal District Court Judge in Texas blocked implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s amendments to the overtime exemption rules under federal wage law. Before that injunction was issued, covered employers were scrambling to make changes to their pay classifications and payroll practices as the changes were scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016. Since then, and with the changes promised by the incoming Trump administration and new Congress, many employers have wondered if that reprieve was merely temporary or if it would turn out to be permanent.