Department of Labor Minimum Salary Rule Enjoined

Picking up where Judge Mazzant left off in 2017, Judge Jordan enjoined a Department of Labor regulation which raises the minimum salary at which executive, administrative, and professional (“EAP”) employees are exempt from overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). He found that the 2024 rule “reflects a return to the unlawful approach [the Department] adopted in the 2016 Rule” and was likely unlawful as exceeding the Department’s authority under the FLSA.

No Retaliation Here

This case was filed as a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. § 201 et seq. and also asserted individual claims for retaliation. It’s particularly useful because it addresses a motion for partial summary judgment as  to the individual retaliation claim, and takes the form of a report & recommendation by the magistrate judge, which was affirmed by the district judge.  I have attached both orders to the analysis below.