U.S. District Court Grants Injunction Against Overtime Rule In Arkansas

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LITTLE ROCK (KFSM) — A district judge granted a preliminary injunction against a rule that would have made some workers eligible for overtime pay.

District Judge Amos L. Mazant granted the request of 21 states to enjoin the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule.

The rule was going to go into effect on December 1 and would have made workers making up to an annual salary of $47,476 eligible for overtime pay.

Arkansas Attorney General Rutledge released the following statement:

“Today’s injunction is an important victory that will help protect countless Arkansas business owners, nonprofits, sheriffs, mayors and county judges from increased costs and forced layoffs,” Attorney General Rutledge said. “Many across our State have expressed grave concerns about how they would continue to operate if the rule took effect next week. I am grateful to Judge Mazant for granting this important injunction until the full legality of the rule can be determined, and I hope the Department of Labor will ultimately reconsider this ill-advised rule.”

The other states that filed a lawsuit challenging the rule were Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington.

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