September 20, 2016 2:50 PM
Attorney General Sam Olens annnounced today that Georgia has joined with 20 other states in opposing a new federal Labor Department rule that doubles the salary an employee must earn in order to be exempt from paying overtime wages. Under the new rule, anyone who makes $913 per week or less is entitled to overtime pay. The rule was enacted by the Labor Department in May without any sort of congressional oversight or approval.
Olens pointed out that the new rule affects many state employees, and could result in layoffs or reductions in state services in some cases. “The United States Department of Labor’s new overtime rule is yet another example of the President’s unconstitutional overreach,” said Olens. “Our nation’s laws, the separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches must be followed.”
States that joined the lawsuit include Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. You can view the complaint as filed here.