FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) – Kentucky will join with 20 other states to file a complaint in federal court challenging the United States Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, according to a news release from Gov. Matt Bevin’s office.
The new labor law, set to go into effect Dec. 1, would increase the minimum salary overtime threshold for public and private workers. The salary threshold would go from $455/week to $913/week ($47,476 per year).
“This new Obama Administration rule is another example of the federal government’s never-ending attempt to encroach upon the rights of individual states. This is a direct violation the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States,” said Gov. Bevin. “The result of this unfunded mandate by the federal government would be to force many private sector employers to lay off workers. This is not acceptable. Once again, the Obama administration is attempting to require compliance with non-legally binding edicts that should instead be decided at the state and local level. We stand united with these 21 other states in saying enough already.”
In addition to Kentucky, other states that joined the filing are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.