Texas Judge Mazzant rules Congress intended duties, not wages, to determine eligibility for overtime and minimum wage.

U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant, in Sherman, Texas issued an emergency preliminary injunction on Tuesday, which stops overtime rules issued by the Obama administration from going into effect on December 1.

The new overtime rules increase the automatic salary threshold for executive, administrative and professional positions to allow those positions to be eligible for overtime. Currently anyone in those positions earning $455/week ($23,660 annually), are not eligible for overtime. Under the new rules, that amount would increase to $921/week ($47,892 annually).

Judge Mazzant ruled Congress intended duties, not wages, to determine eligibility for overtime and minimum wage. Texas, along with 20 other states, requested the injunction. The states argue they cannot afford to pay overtime to employees who are currently exempt.

The injunction appears to apply to both public and private sector employers.

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