So, who is Alexander Acosta?
The U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed overtime rules were supposed to impact something like 5 million employees. Those rules would have taken effect on December 1. But, about that…
Still, even the specter of the rule change achieved its intended effect.
December 1, 2016 was quite a day!
In a massive stroke of irony, a federal judge — one appointed by President Barack Obama — entered a nationwide injunction Tuesday to stop the implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act overtime rules that would have taken effect on December 1, 2016.
In March 2014, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to “modernize and streamline” the existing overtime regulations for executive, administrative, and professional employees” (read: create more overtime $$$ because raising the minimum wage wasn’t working).
Nearly three years later, the crown jewel of President Obama’s HR-compliance legacy is on ice and could be completely undone.