Overtime Rule: Temporary Victory

Date: November 23, 2016

Temporary Victory: Federal Court Decision Temporarily Blocks DOL from Enforcing Overtime Rule

On November 22, The National Federation of Independent Business applauded a federal district court’s decision to grant an injunction against the controversial Department of Labor overtime rule, which would have disrupted many small employers who were not ready by the December 1st deadline.

As a result of this ruling, employers can not be punished by the DOL if they are not in compliance by December 1. This is an important step forward in the fight to ultimately overturn this burdensome mandate.

“This is a victory for small business owners and should give them some breathing room until the case can be properly adjudicated,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan.

Learn more here.

What NFIB has been doing to Fight the Rule?

  • NFIB members have sent thousands of communications to Congress calling for relief.
  • NFIB filed a lawsuit against the Department of Labor for stepping far beyond its statutory authority when it made millions of more employees potentially eligible for mandatory overtime.
  • NFIB sent a letter in support of S. 3464, the Overtime Reform and Review Act. This legislation would mitigate the adverse impact on small businesses of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule and allow employers additional time to plan for payroll changes.
  • The House of Representatives has passed H.R. 6094 by a vote of 246-177. The bill, which would delay the overtime rule changes for six months, was an NFIB key vote. NFIB is now encouraging the Senate to take action.
  • NFIB sent a letter to the Secretary of Labor asking to extend the deadline for compliance with this rule. Even with a delay, NFIB remains opposed to the rule and its policy team is pushing for legislation to repeal it altogether.
  • NFIB sent letters to Congress to support the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act. S. 2707 in the Senate and H.R. 4773 in the House of Representatives. These bills would protect small businesses and their employees from the overtime expansion rule by blocking enforcement of the rule.
  • NFIB sent a letter in support of H.R. 5813, which would phase-in the implementation of the overtime rule.
  • NFIB filed a letter with DOL vehemently objecting to the proposed new rule.
  • NFIB sent a letter of support for key provisions addressing the new overtime rule in the FY2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.

More information:

Overtime Rule in the News: After Court Ruling


Overtime Rule in the News: Before Court Ruling

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