Kansas has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the new federal overtime rule. Attorney General Derek Schmidt says that it was back in May, when… in response to an Order from President Barak Obama, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a new overtime rule revising the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime exemption for executive, administrative, and professional employees… the so-called “white collar” exemption. The new overtime rule doubled the salary-level threshold for executive, administrative, and professional employees to be exempt from overtime. After December 1st, all employees, including state and local government employees, will be entitled to overtime if they earn less than $47,476 annually regardless of whether they perform executive, administrative, or professional duties. Additionally, the new rule contains a ratcheting mechanism to automatically increase the salary-level every three years without going through the standard rule-making process required by federal law. Schmidt says it’s alarming, because what he calls “The cascade of unauthorized rules and regulations continuing to pour out of Washington in the final months of this presidential administration is truly breathtaking.” He said that the federal strategy appears to be throwing many new regulations at the wall so simply see what sticks. In addition to Kansas, other states joining this filing include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.
Source: VNC News
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