Congresswoman Adams' Statement on the Emergency Injuction of the Department of Labor's Overtime Rule
Charlotte, NC--Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) released the following statement today regarding the emergency injunction of the Department of Labor's Overtime Rule.
"I was disappointed to learn that yesterday a Texas judge placed an emergency injunction on the federal overtime rule set to take effect on December 1, 2016" said Congresswoman Adams.
"This delay causes confusion for businesses and employees and denies hard working Americans the overtime pay they should earn for working more than forty hours a week.
"I will continue to fight for American workers in Congress and I urge the new administration to make overtime pay a priority."
The Department of Labor's (DOL) overtime rule would raise the salary threshold under which most workers are automatically eligible for time-and-a-half pay when they work more than forty hours a week from $23,660 to $47,476. More than four million people were slated to become eligible for time-and-a-half pay on December 1.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) explicitly delegates to DOL the authority to "define and delimit" the scope of overtime protections.The salary threshold has been raised seven times since the FLSA was enacted in 1938.