Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta informed a House subcommittee on June 7 that the Department of Labor (DOL) will submit a Request for Information (RFI) to seek input on the Obama-era overtime rule that has been blocked for half a year by a federal judge’s injunction.
An RFI is a “pre-rulemaking” procedure during which an administrative agency, such as the DOL, asks the regulated community for input on a topic or topics. The topic for this RFI is the overtime rule that would have raised the salary threshold for overtime pay exemption from $23,660 a year to $47,476.
The Obama administration filed an appeal on the injunction, and a hearing before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is currently on hold at the request of the Trump administration.
In his confirmation hearing, Acosta said he thought the salary threshold increase far outpaced inflation and should be scaled back. Now the public, employers and employees alike, will get a chance to weigh in.