Thursday, January 26, 2017
Hawley challenges Obama Administration overtime rules
Attorney General Josh Hawley today challenged rules issued by the Obama Administration that would force small businesses to treat whole new classes of employees as “overtime” workers. Hawley and the Attorney General’s Office filed an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
“These regulations hurt workers, hurt small business, and hurt our Missouri economy,” Hawley said. “President Obama imposed them with no authorization under the law. I have said time and again that this Office will fight for Missouri’s workers, and that’s exactly what we are doing.”
The case, Nevada et al. vs. Department of Labor, involves a challenge to regulations promulgated by the Department of Labor that illegally subject much of the nation’s white-collar workforce to minimum-wage and overtime standards, even though Congress specifically exempted those workers by statute.
Missouri’s brief, joined by three other states, argues that the Department’s regulations run afoul of “longstanding clear-statement rules that the Supreme Court applies to safeguard constitutional values.”
“I look forward to seeing President Trump roll back these illegal, last-minute regulations,” Hawley said. “Missouri is ready to fight in court to protect our workers and businesses.”
The state of Missouri was joined by the states of Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming in filing the amicus brief.
Download the brief