On Sept. 25, ABC submitted comments to the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division on its Request for Information (RFI) on the 2016 overtime final rule, officially named the Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees. ABC also filed comments with a coalition of business groups and other stakeholders as a member of the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity

The final overtime rule, had it gone into effect,  would have changed the federal exemptions to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act for "white collar" workers by doubling the current minimum salary level for exemption from $23,660 to $47,476 per year and automatically increasing it every three years. 

On Aug. 31, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas granted a motion for summary judgment against the final overtime rule and converted its earlier preliminary injunction (issued Nov. 22, 2016) to a permanent injunction. ABC participated in the legal challenge that resulted in the court overturning the rule.

ABC has been a vocal opponent of the rule since it was first proposed. In its comment letter, ABC urged the DOL to comply with the district court’s decision and immediately rescind the unlawful 2016 rule. 

ABC will continue to provide status updates on the overtime final rule in Newsline.