FRANKFORT (WHAS11) -The Commonwealth of Kentucky has joined an alliance of 21 states in filing a complaint in federal court challenging the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime rule.
The new rule will more than double the minimum salary overtime threshold for public and private workers without congressional authorization therefore increasing employment costs for many states.
The new rule will take effect on Dec. 1. The complaint is urging the court to prevent the implementation on Dec. 1.
“This new Obama Administration rule is another example of the federal government’s never-ending attempt to encroach upon the rights of individual states. This is a direct violation the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States,” Gov. Bevin said. “The result of this unfunded mandate by the federal government would be to force many private sector employers to lay off workers. This is not acceptable. Once again, the Obama administration is attempting to require compliance with non-legally binding edicts that should instead be decided at the state and local level. We stand united with these 21 other states in saying enough already.”
In addition to Kentucky, the other states that joined this filing include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.
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