21 states sue Obama administration for new overtime law

The federal government was sued by 21 states on Tuesday, September 20 over their new labor rule, which provides overtime pay for all American workers who earn up to nearly $50,000 per year, over twice the current threshold, and is set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2016.

In a statement, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who led the filing of the lawsuit, said: “The Department of Labor’s new overtime rule is the latest in a series of unlawful, overreaching, and unilateral actions taken by President Obama’s administration. Longstanding federal law requires an overtime exemption for ‘bona fide executive, administrative, or professional’ employees.”

Laxalt added: “The Department of Labor…is forcing state, local, and private employers to pay overtime to any employee who earns under a certain amount, regardless of whether that employee is actually performing ‘executive, administrative, or professional’ duties.”

Among the states included as plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Georgia, New Mexico, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.

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