Republican AGs Score Victory Against Costly Obama Overtime Rule

WASHINGTON, DC - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued the following statement on behalf of the Republican Attorneys General Association in reaction to today’s victory over the Obama-era Overtime Rule. 

“Today’s win at the district court permanently blocks a D.C. political agenda from the previous administration from harming businesses and employees. The Overtime Rule is yet another example of Republican Attorneys General achieving a victory for the rule of law and the American people and another defeat for the previous Administration, which consistently ignored the rule of law in its attempts to force a political agenda without regard for the Constitution,” said Rutledge.

“Countless business owners, nonprofits, mayors and county judges across the country contacted me  and my fellow Republican AGs to express their concern and urged me to challenge this ill-advised rule. Because of today’s win, employers are not being forced to lay off hardworking Americans,” continued Rutledge.

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt added, “I applaud Judge Mazzant’s decision to permanently invalidate this Obama-era overtime rule that would have would have imposed millions of dollars of unfunded liabilities on the States and resulted in a loss of private sector jobs as well as onerous financial and regulatory burdens on small businesses in Nevada and around the country,” said Laxalt. “My office is proud to have led the charge towards a final ruling that brings clarity, certainty and closure to the business community and government alike.”

Background on Republican AGs an the Overtime Rule:

On September 30, a coalition of 21 states in filed a federal court complaint challenging the United States Department of Labor’s new overtime rule.

If implemented, the rule would have more than doubled the minimum salary overtime threshold for public and private workers without Congressional authorization. The rule will force many state and local governments to substantially increase their employment costs. Some governments may be forced to eliminate some services and even lay off employees.

In November, 2016, a federal judge enjoined the rule and today, Judge Amos Mazzant granted summary judgement to the states, permanently invalidating the rule.  

In addition to Nevada who led the coalition and Arkansas, Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin made up the 21-state coalition.

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