The Wall Street Journal: 21 state sue feds to overturn new overtime regulations

Twenty-one states filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the federal government seeking to overturn a sweeping regulation designed to qualify millions of Americans for overtime pay starting in December, a step the Obama administration considers one of its signature workplace achievements.

Attorneys general in Texas and Nevada filed the lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of their states and 19 others, which allege the Labor Department rule violates the U.S. Constitution and exceeds congressional authority.

The rule, ordered up by the White House in an effort to shore up workers’ wages, will increase the salary threshold that generally determines who qualifies for overtime pay, doubling it to $47,476 a year from the $23,660 level last updated in 2004.

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