Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Issues Statement in Response to Preliminary Injunction Delaying the Implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule
Washington, DC – (Wednesday, November 23, 2016) – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson issued the following statement after U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction against the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Overtime Rule. The Overtime Rule, which was scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016, seeks to double the maximum salary cap for full-time white-collar professionals who are exempt from overtime pay requirements.
“I strongly disagree with Judge Mazzant’s decision to delay the implementation of this important rule to bring fair pay to everyday white-collar workers,” Congresswoman Johnson said. “The Overtime Rule represents the culmination of an intensive rule-making process that was conducted in order to harmonize our labor laws with the 21st Century by including more workers under the protection of the Fair Labor Standards Act. More than 40 years ago, 62 percent of full-time salaried workers were covered under the FLSA. Today, that number is closer to just 7 percent of full-time salaried workers. This is unacceptable.”
Judge Mazzant’s ruling is the fourth time in the past 21 months that a federal judge in Texas has issued an injunction against one of President Barack Obama’s executive orders. The U.S. Department of Labor will need to appeal the decision with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals if it seeks to overturn the decision.
In September, Congresswoman Johnson voted against the deceptively-named H.R. 6094 – the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act, which would have delayed implementation of the Overtime Rule for six months.