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On August 31, in the Eastern District of Texas, the judge ruled that the Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule is “unlawful.” The judge said it was unlawful because it “would exclude so many employees who perform exempt duties, the [DOL] fails to carry out Congress’ unambiguous intent.” The decision halts a change in labor law that would have drastically altered salary requirements and more than doubled the minimum salary level below which employees would have to track hours worked and be eligible for overtime pay.

The court granted summary judgment, saying that because the rule “would exclude so many employees who perform exempt duties, the [DOL] fails to carry out Congress’ unambiguous intent. Thus, the final rule...is unlawful.” The decision is an important win for business, halting a change in labor law that would have drastically altered salary requirements and more than doubled the minimum salary level below which employees would have to track hours worked and be eligible for overtime pay. The DOL’s Request for Information remains open for comment until September 25.