A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday blocked a U.S. Department of Labor rule extending overtime pay to roughly 5 million workers nationwide.
The Obama administration's rule had been scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, and many U.S. employers had changed or made plans to change the way they pay workers to meet the rule's requirements.
The emergency injunction may or may not permanently block the rule change, but it does block its Dec. 1 mandatory implementation.
"The rule, for now, is off the table," said Art Lambert, a labor and employment attorney in the Dallas office of Fisher Phillips.
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