U.S. Chamber Statement on Overtime Rule Decision

Thursday, August 31, 2017 | Press Release

Donohue:“Another victory for the effort to free our economy from the regulatory stranglehold of the last eight years”


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today in response to the decision by Judge Mazzant in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to grant the motion brought by the U.S. Chamber and other business groups to invalidate the Obama administration’s overtime rule:

“Today’s decision is another victory for the effort to free our economy from the regulatory stranglehold of the last eight years. We have consistently said that the last administration went too far in its 2016 ­overtime rule, and we are pleased that Judge Mazzant granted a final judgment that makes permanent his previous ruling against the overtime rule.

“Today’s decision means small businesses, nonprofits, and other employers throughout the economy can be certain that the 2016 salary threshold will not result in significant new labor costs and cause many disruptions in how work gets done. The Obama administration’s rule would have resulted in salaried professional employees being converted to hourly wages, reduced workplace flexibility and remote electronic access to work, and halted opportunities for career advancement. 

“We look forward to working with the Department of Labor on a new rule to develop a more appropriate update to the salary threshold.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce led a broad coalition of national and local business groups in a 2016 challenge to the Obama administration’s overtime rule, arguing that Department of Labor (DOL) exceeded its statutory authority in issuing the regulation and violated the Administrative Procedure Act.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.