Alabama joined 20 other states and filed a joint lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor over the controversial overtime pay rule set to take effect December 1.
The new directive would make more employees eligible for overtime pay. Currently those eligible are full-time employees who make $455 or less a week. In December full-time employees who make $913 a week or less will be eligible for overtime.
Tuesday Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange released a statement about the perceived harms of the new rule:
Once again, the Obama Administration has illegally expanded its own authority without thinking about the costs or consequences to the American people. State budgets are already tight, and this one-size-fits-all rule could result in layoffs, understaffed government offices, and long lines for basic services. Ultimately, it will be the people who suffer the most from this latest example of federal overreach “
In addition to Alabama, other states who joined this filing include: Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.