U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas, whom President Obama appointed, yesterday blocked a Department of Labor rule on overtime pay that made more than 4 million private-sector workers eligible for mandatory extra pay or time off. The nationwide injunction against the rule was at the request of 21 states, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups.
“The Labor Department’s overtime changes are a reckless and aggressive overreach of executive power, and retailers are pleased with the judge’s decision,” said David French, the National Retail Federation’s senior vice president for government relations.
The rule, which makes 4.2 million fewer workers exempt from overtime rules under the “manager” exception, was scheduled to take effect Dec. 1.
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