(Washington, D.C.) Yesterday, a federal district court in Texas issued a nationwide injunction blocking Department of Labor (DoL) regulations extending time and a half overtime pay to millions of additional workers that were scheduled to take effect December 1. Currently, overtime protections do not apply to workers in managerial or professional jobs with salaries above $455 per week or $23,660 annually—less than the poverty threshold for a family of four. The DoL regulations would update the salary threshold to $47,476 and provide adjustments every three years to reflect rising wages.
The following is a statement by Emily Martin, National Women’s Law Center Vice President for Workplace Justice:
“A single judge in Texas has ignored 78 years of legal precedent and taken money out of the pockets of millions of working people across the country by blocking the long overdue update of the overtime rule. These workers, the majority of who are women, earn modest salaries, work long hours, and have just been told that they will still be denied fair pay. Currently, a promotion to ‘shift supervisor’ at a salary of just $24,000 a year could cost a woman her overtime pay even if she was required to work 50 hours a week. The National Women’s Law Center calls on the incoming Administration to affirm that it will fight to raise the wages of working people by vigorously defending the overtime rule.”
The National Women’s Law Center is a non-profit organization that has been working since 1972 to advance and protect women’s equality and opportunity. The Center focuses on major policy areas of importance to women and their families including economic security, education, employment and health, with special attention given to the concerns of low-income women. For more information on the Center, visit: www.nwlc.org.