Iowa joins 21 states challenging change in overtime rules

FILE - In this June 6, 2015, file photo, a customer, bottom, pays for goods while shopping at the Atlanta Farmers Market in Atlanta. Some signs have suggested that wages are beginning to pick up after barely moving in the more than 6 years since the Great Recession officially ended. On Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, the government’s jobs report will offer some clues about whether the modest pay gains will continue. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
FILE - In this June 6, 2015, file photo, a customer, bottom, pays for goods while shopping at the Atlanta Farmers Market in Atlanta. Some signs have suggested that wages are beginning to pick up after barely moving in the more than 6 years since the Great Recession officially ended. On Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, the government’s jobs report will offer some clues about whether the modest pay gains will continue. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWQC) – Governor Branstad joined a coalition of governors of 21 states in filing a federal court complaint challenging the United States Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. The new rule will more than double the minimum salary which qualifies for overtime pay for public and private workers.

Branstad’s office says the rule will force many state and local governments to substantially increase their employment costs and services, including educational costs for students and parents. In addition, some governments may be forced to eliminate services and even lay-off employees.

The complaint urges the court to prevent the implementation of the new rule before it takes effect, which is scheduled for December 1, 2016.

Iowa joins the following states and governors in the filing: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.

The filed complaint can be read in its entirety here https://governor.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Overtime%20Rule%20Complaint.pdf.

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