Texas Judge Rules on DOL Salary Increase, and on Ezekiel Elliot
Published by Pinnacle at August 26, 2017
Judge Amos Mazzant of the Federal Eastern District Court in Texas has made two recent rulings of interest. On August 31st, Judge Mazzant effectively closed the discussion of the proposed DOL ruling that would have doubled the minimum salary for overtime-exempt managers from less than $24,000 per year to more than $47,000. The Department of Labor, under the Obama administration, had planned to implement the change on December 1, 2016, but the new rules have been on hold since he issued an injunction last November. His final ruling said that the DOL had exceeded their authority in making the rule, and had relied too heavily on workers earnings instead of their job duties. There is speculation that the DOL, under the Trump administration, will eventually recommend rules with a more modest increase in the minimum salary level. The DOL has said they will not appeal the Judge’s decision, but they had already put out a Request for Information to seek public comment that could influence their next set of updates on the issue.
In other news, Judge Mazzant was the Judge who granted Dallas Cowboys star, Ezekiel Elliot, his motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the NFL for the 6-game suspension. Thus allowing Elliot to play in the season opener. It is now likely that he will continue to play for the rest of this season.