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Brad Schimel Challenges Obama Administration’s Overtime Rules

Wisconsin's Attorney General Contends The New Rules Violate States' Rights

Brad Schimel

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel has joined a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s administration’s new overtime rules.

Right now, salaried employees who earn $23,660 or more annually are exempt from overtime rules, meaning they can work more than 40 hours a week without extra pay. Under the Obama administration’s new rules set to take effect in December, that salary threshold would more than double. What that means is anyone who earns $47,476 per year or less must be paid time-and-a-half for any hours worked beyond a 40-hour week.

In a lawsuit filed in Texas, Schimel and attorneys for 20 other states contend the rules violate states’ rights.

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“Wisconsin, and every other state, must be able to set their own priorities and policies, and not be forced to take directive from an unchecked Washington D.C. bureaucracy,” Schimel said in a statement.

Schimel has joined several lawsuits challenging executive orders by the Obama administration.