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NELA Calls On Department Of Labor To Fight For Overtime Pay For Over Four Million Workers

 
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November 1, 2017

The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) commends the decision of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to appeal U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant’s August 31, 2017 summary judgment ruling against DOL implementation of what is known as the Overtime Rule. We urge Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to use the resources of the DOL to seek to preserve the $47,476 salary threshold set in the new Rule for overtime pay, thereby ensuring that millions of overworked employees in the United States receive full compensation for all of the hours they actually work.

Prior to promulgating the Rule, DOL spent years conducting extensive empirical research and outreach to affected communities, and considered the views of nearly 300,000 employees, businesses, and other stakeholders. The rights of over four million workers to fair compensation when they work overtime should not be delayed any longer.

NELA calls on U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to honor President Trump’s repeated promises to stand up for working people across this country, abide by the DOL’s mission to “foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States,” and fight to preserve the $47,476 salary threshold.

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The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) advances employee rights and serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace. It is the largest professional organization in the country of lawyers who exclusively or primarily represent individual employees in labor, employment, and civil rights disputes. NELA and its sixty-nine circuit, state, and local Affiliates have a membership of over 4,000 attorneys. 

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