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Federal Court Blocks Obama’s Overtime Regulation

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal court on Tuesday blocked implementation of a rule imposed by President Barack Obama’s administration that would have made an estimated 4 million workers across the country eligible for overtime pay starting Dec. 1. The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas granted the nationwide preliminary injunction that prevents the Department of Labor from implementing the changes while the regulation’s legality is examined in more detail by the court. The order comes after 21 states sued the agency to block the rule before it took effect. The regulation sought to shrink the so-called “white collar exemption” and more than double the salary threshold under which employers must pay overtime to their workers.

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