Federal Spotlight: Updated Overtime Rule Nearly Complete

September 5, 2019

The Department of Labor is set to issue a final rule in the coming weeks increasing the threshold for which workers in a variety of industries will be eligible for overtime pay. The rule, which raises the annual salary threshold from the current $23,660 to approximately $36,000, could be completed by next month. The threshold has not been adjusted since 2004. The previous administration had moved to increase the threshold to more than $47,000 and adjust it every three years. The rule was ultimately blocked by a judge after states and businesses challenged it in 2016. The Trump administration is working to finalize this and a few other high-profile rules including the joint employer standard under the direction of acting secretary Patrick Pizzella. President Trump formally nominated Eugene Scalia, a corporate attorney and the son of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to lead the Labor Department last week.