JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The new overtime law set to take effect next week has been put on hold according to Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.
Arkansas was one of 21 states that asked a judge for an injunction.
The injunction put a temporary hold on the overtime rule until the total legality is made clear, according to Judd Deere with the attorney general's office.
The new law could have affected as many as 4-million workers nationwide.
The new overtime rule would have allowed people who make $47,500 or less eligible for overtime if they worked more than 40 hours during a week.
As the current rules work, companies can avoid paying overtime to full-time salaried employees making $23,660 by classifying them as "exempt." Those particular workers would then not be entitled to overtime pay even if they work more than 40 hours per week.
"Today's injunction is an important victory that will help protect countless Arkansas business owners, nonprofits, sheriffs, mayors and county judges from increased costs and forced layoffs," said Attorney General Rutledge in a statement. "Many across our State have expressed grave concerns about how they would continue to operate if the rule took effect next week. I am grateful to Judge Mazant for granting this important injunction until the full legality of the rule can be determined, and I hope the Department of Labor will ultimately reconsider this ill-advised rule."
The court's full ruling is below:
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