Shelby: Overtime Law is a “Job-Destroying Rule”

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09:  Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee ranking member Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) questions a witness during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill June 9, 2011 in Washington, DC. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate testified to the committee about the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 09: Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee ranking member Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) questions a witness during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill June 9, 2011 in Washington, DC. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate testified to the committee about the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby is taking a stand against the new labor law that would bring millions of Americans more overtime pay beginning December 1.

“I have heard from Alabamians all across the state about the harmful impacts that the Obama Administration’s overtime rule would have on small businesses, non-profits, universities, and employees alike. Americans spoke loud and clear about their frustration with these types of unilateral executive regulations that stifle economic growth and opportunity,” said Shelby, a Senator from Alabama, in the press release.

Shelby’s statement comes after a federal court decided to block the start of the overtime rule, claiming it exceeds the authority the agency was delegated by Congress.

The rule would have made an estimated 4 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay.

“Yesterday’s ruling is a victory for the American people, and I look forward to working with President-elect Trump and my Republican colleagues to reverse this and other job-destroying rules in the coming months.”

The ruling is a major blow to the Obama administration, which wanted to shrink the so-called “white collar exemption” that allows employers to skip overtime pay for salaried administrative or professional workers who make more than about $23,660 per year.

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