U.S. DOL's overtime 'do-over'

In May 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) under the Obama administration released overtime rules that more than doubled the minimum salaried-exempt threshold for "white-collar" and other salaried-exempt employees. The 2016 final overtime rules increased the minimum salary threshold for administrative, executive, or professional (APE) employees from $455 per week ($23,660 annually) to $913 per week ($47,476 annually). The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business interests immediately launched lawsuits and obtained a stay (or hold) on the rules' implementation from a U.S. district court in Texas. Three years later, the DOL—now under the Trump administration—is again attempting to modify the minimum salary threshold for salaried-exempt employees, albeit in a less drastic fashion.

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