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Friday, November 25, 2016

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Local reaction positive after federal overtime rule blocked from taking effect

by Ben Quiggle

Reaction to a courts ruling that blocks a new federal overtime rule from coming into effect Dec. 1 was swift.

U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-Dist.2) said she was “thrilled” and that the rule change was an “erroneous, over the top regulation” by President Barack Obama’s administration.

“This rule change was going to decimate companies and non-profits,” she said. “I knew once it got in front of a judge it wouldn’t pass a litmus test.”

… Walorski — who had previously supported a U.S. House of Representatives bill that would have delayed the rule taking affect until next June — said she had been hearing consistently from constituents, small business owners and non-profits about the impact this rule was going to have on them.”This was not widely publicized and a lot of owners did not see this coming,” she said.

Kyle Hannon, president of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, said he breathed a sigh of relief when he heard about the injunction. He said he was unsure how many businesses were ready for the rule change that was prepared to take affect late next week.

… Walorski said she doesn’t think the rule will ever go into affect.”This regulation came out of the blue and had people really stressed,” she said. “With the new administration in place I don’t see this rule change ever happening.”

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