In the latest chapter in the ongoing saga of the newly revised (and currently halted) overtime rules, on December 1, the Department of Labor appealed the lower court’s ruling to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
As we previously reported, last week Judge Amos Mazzant issued a temporary injunction stopping the implementation of the revised overtime rules scheduled to go into effect on December 1. The appeal by the Department of Labor challenges that ruling.
Judge Mazant’s temporary injunction remains in place for now until the Court of Appeals rules on the appeal. The Court of Appeals’ ruling will likely not come until 2017. Of course, no matter what the Court of Appeals decides, one of the parties may appeal that ruling to the Supreme Court further prolonging a final resolution of the issue.
However, President-elect Trump has signaled that he is not in favor of the new rule; therefore, the new administration may have little interest in continuing to pursue the matter after he takes office.
The bottom line is, for now, the temporary injunction halting the implementation of the new overtime regulations continues unless and until the higher court rules otherwise.
We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated.
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