Rutledge Statement after Prevailing in Challenge to Labor Department’s Overtime Rule at the District Court
August 31, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement after District Judge Amos L. Mazant granted summary judgment in her favor, ruling that the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule is unlawful.
“Today’s win at the district court permanently blocks a D.C. political agenda from the previous administration from harming businesses and employees,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Countless business owners, nonprofits, mayors and county judges across Arkansas contacted me to express their concern and urged me to challenge this ill-advised rule. Because of today’s win, employers are not being forced to lay off hardworking Arkansans.”
Rutledge joined a coalition of 21 states in filing a lawsuit challenging the DOL rule, which was preliminarily enjoined at the coalition’s request in November 2016. If implemented, the rule would have likely forced the State of Arkansas, local cities and counties and countless small businesses and nonprofits, to substantially increase their employment costs. Many entities would have been forced to eliminate some services and fire employees because of the increased expenses.