The Wisconsin Law Journal is reporting that Wisconsin is among 20 states that are suing the federal government over its new overtime rule. On September 20, the Wisconsin Department of Justice announced it would join a lawsuit “contending that the new rule will virtually eliminate an exception that now prevents may white-collar workers from receiving overtime.”
The suits by both industry leaders and Wisconsin are calling on all courts to halt the rule before it goes into effect on Dec. 1. Opponents of the measure are seeing it as another overbearing government regulation. Wisconsin’s Attorney General Brad Schimel said in a press release, “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 attempting to establish unprecedented power."
Wisconsin is in line with businesses coalitions across the country filing similar suits against DOL, such as the Associated General Contractors of America. Spokesman Brian Turmoil released a statement saying, "Given the fact contractors are being forced by private and public owners to deliver projects on tighter margins than ever before, nobody should labor under the assumption this new mandate will lead to increased compensation for people working in construction.”
In addition to the states filing suit against the DOL's rule, the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Retail Federation, and the National Federation of Independent Business also filed a suit against the overtime rule on Sept. 20, according to the NLBMDA.