December 12, 2016
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Trump administration will be able to weigh in on legal appeals over federal overtime rule

Even under an expedited appeals process approved last week by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the court battle over the Obama administration's overtime rule will extend until at least the end of January. That means that the incoming Trump administration's new leadership of the Department of Labor (DOL) will have a chance to change its stance on the rule.

K&L Gates posted a summary of the latest news on its blog. The bottom line: "The court also indicated that it would schedule oral arguments for the first available sitting after the close of briefing. This timing would allow the DOL, under the Trump administration, to abandon DOL’s current position and stop defending the appeal if it chose to do so."

The DOL's overtime rule would have more than doubled the minimum salary for white-collar worker overtime exemptions from $23,660 annually to $47,476 annually. After a late-November ruling by a federal district court judge in Texas, the rule is on hold, at least for now. AWB covered that ruling here.

Meanwhile in Washington, some state dairy workers are filing a lawsuit challenging Washington state's overtime exemption for agricultural workers. NPR has information on the suit here.

For more on the overtime and labor law, contact Bob Battles, AWB government affairs director for workplace issues.

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