A federal judge Thursday struck down an Obama Administration rule that would have doubled the annual salary a worker would have to be paid to be exempt from overtime rules. According to Reuters, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant said the salary level was set so high that it could sweep in some management workers who are supposed to be exempt from overtime protections. Mazzant is the same judge who imposed an injunction on the rule last fall to prevent it from taking effect.
The ruling is the latest setback for a rule that has been opposed by business groups from the beginning. The Trump administration had already said it would make changes to the rule.
Had it gone into effect, the rule would have increased the threshold for nonexempt employees from $23,660 to $47,476 per year. As New Jersey Business reported when the rule was unveiled last year, the update would have impacted 132,000 New Jersey workers, who would have either become eligible for time-and-a-half overtime or received raises to meet the new salary threshold.