COLUMBUS – Columbus Chamber President K.C. Belitz says overtime laws, that will effect a lot of area businesses, are now being delayed.
Belitz says many businesses across the state are impacted by the laws that were supposed to go into effect on December 1st of this year. He also says a federal judge issued a temporary injunction that will put the law on hold for now.
“A preliminary injunction preserves the status quo while the court determines the department’s authority to make the final rule as well as the final rule’s validity,” said Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in his ruling.
Belitz says for now the law will not take effect on December 1st, and says employers can continue to follow the existing overtime regulations that are in place, until a decision is made. A preliminary
“A preliminary injunction isn’t permanent, as it simply preserves the existing overtime rule until the court has a chance to review the merits of the case,” says Belitz, “Employers shouldn’t assume that the overtime rule will be permanently barred. They should still have a plan to move forward if necessary in the future.”
The overtime laws that are being delayed say any salary employee earning under $47,476 a year, is a non exempt worker. Meaning each of the employees that qualified would need to be paid time and a half for any overtime hours they work within a week span.