Yesterday, the United States Department of Labor filed an appeal challenging an order which halted DOL’s new overtime regulations. Those new regulations were scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016 and would have raised the minimum salary for exempt employees to $47,476.00. I previously wrote about the injunction which stopped the new regulations here: Federal Judge Halts New Overtime Regulations!
In a “normal” case, an appellate court can take a year or longer to issue a decision on an appeal. Most likely, this appeal will be fast-tracked by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Even so, employers should not expect a decision any earlier than some time in the first quarter of 2017. Here is the DOL’s press release concerning the appeal: https://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime/final2016/litigation.htm