Employers adjust as overtime rule delayed

If things had gone President Barack Obama’s way, 4.6 million salaried workers in the U.S. would be going to work this morning newly eligible for overtime pay.

But Obama’s new overtime rule, which was to take effect today, is in limbo after a federal judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction last week that halts its enforcement.

Many Missouri employers had already prepared for the new rule by changing the way they pay employees. Some junior managers got raises, pushing their pay above $47,476 a year, the new rule’s cutoff for overtime eligibility. Other salaried managers were told that they were now hourly employees eligible for overtime.

With the rule now suspended, workers and their bosses wonder what to do next. Should they put pay back the way it was, or wait and see what happens?

If the rule in reinstated, workers and employers are wondering if President-elect Donald Trump may try to cancel or change it after taking office in January. He indicated he might.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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