Federal overtime rule delayed

Doctors of optometry can delay plans to increase overtime pay to salaried employees as Federal Courts review the legality of the new overtime regulation. On Tuesday, Nov. 22, a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked a regulation expanding by millions the number of workers who would be eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay. The regulation, scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1, would have required private employers to pay overtime to most salaried employees earning less than $47,476 annually and working 40-plus hours weekly. The injunction is only a temporary measure that suspends the regulation until the judge can issue a ruling on the merits. AOA will continue to keep the optometry profession informed as this unfolds. If you have questions regarding the overtime regulation and its status, please contact AOA Regulatory Policy Specialist Jensen Jose at jjose@aoa.org.