BANGOR– Don’t spend all of your holiday money just yet…
If you were planning on making more money due to the overtime laws that were supposed to be implemented today, think again. A Federal Court in Texas has issued an injunction, delaying that law, and has no plans on changing it anytime soon.
Making more money sounds pretty good, and if you were earning less than $913 a week this year, and working over 40 hours, then starting December 1st, Federal Law said you were set to receive overtime pay. This was all before the delay.
Sutherland Weston is just one of the many companies who started planning ahead for this delay. They changed everyone’s schedules and explained the process to their employees, making sure they knew their employees were still valued. After the reversal ruling from a Federal Court in Texas, this rule is being blocked for the time being.
“It feels like were going backwards” said Elizabeth Sutherland, a partner at the Sutherland and Weston company. Her employees were used to having freedom, and they had to prepare their employees for their new restrictions. Now, they have to change back to their old schedules.
While the overtime was supposed to help workers, the impact of the delay will effect millions.”The Department of Labor said 4.2 million people, 16,000 workers in Maine will be effected.” said Mark Raynes, a shareholder at Eaton Peabody.
But not all companies, or even employees are upset with the delay, and it appears those who were skeptical of the change have no need to rush, because this plan is on hold indefinitely. Sutherland says their plan is in a box, and they’ll use it if they need it.