Federal Judge Blocks Obama Administration’s Overtime Pay Rule
With just over a week before it was scheduled to take effect, a federal judge has blocked the implementation of an Obama administration rule that would have extended overtime eligibility to some 4 million Americans. The Labor Department’s sweeping overhaul to the overtime rule required employers to pay time-and-a-half to their employees who worked more than 40 hours in a given week and earned less than $47,476 a year. That salary threshold is about twice what currently allows workers to be exempted from overtime. As NPR’s White House Correspondent Scott Horsley told our Newscast Unit, supporters of the rule called it “long overdue” as inflation took its toll on overtime protection. With Republicans controlling both houses in Congress and the Trump administration set to take office in less than two months, the new overtime rule’s long-term future remains in limbo. Read the full article www.npr.org.