Injunction Delays December 1 Department of Labor Overtime Rule

Stuart Waldman
President, Valley Industry & Commerce Association

The Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) welcomes today’s injunction delaying implementation of the Department of Labor Overtime Rule, which would have raised the overtime exemption threshold to $47,476 on December 1.

The Department of Labor rule would have significantly impacted small businesses across California, increasing labor costs while limiting opportunities for employees, especially young graduates. Many young graduates are enthusiastic but still need time to learn on the job. Allowing these grads to work as salaried employees at entry-level professional jobs gives employers and graduates flexibility and opportunities they may not otherwise be able to afford.

The Department of Labor estimated that 400,000 employees in California would be affected by the rule. The businesses that employ these workers are already grappling with increased minimum wage and local paid sick leave requirements. The overtime rule would further increase costs and limit opportunities and economic growth.

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The mission of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) is to enhance the economic vitality of the greater San Fernando Valley region by advocating for a better business climate and quality of life. Visit www.vica.com for more information.

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