Indiana Attorney General Joins Federal Complaint Concerning Overtime Pay

Sep 21, 2016

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller joined a federal complaint Tuesday challenging new rules concerning overtime pay.

Under the final version of the rules, unveiled in May, salaried employees making less than $47,476 a year will earn time-and-a-half for working overtime.

It’s twice the old threshold, and some small businesses have expressed concern about being able to make the switch.

The complaint, which includes Indiana and 20 other states, urges a federal court to block the new rules before they take effect on Dec. 1st.

“This rule is a direct challenge to our system of federalism by allowing unelected federal bureaucrats to tell Indiana and other sovereign states how much to pay our own public servants and at the same time it assumes the authority of the legislature in violation of the separation of powers,” Zoeller said in a statement.

The federal government estimates the change extends overtime to about 87,000 Hoosier workers.

Neighboring states Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan have also joined the complaint.