Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Obama’s Expansion of Overtime Pay

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Obama’s Expansion of Overtime Pay

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U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant’s ruling caught many nonprofit leaders by surprise and puts in limbo a policy shift that had already sparked debate about how to properly compensate people who work in the charity world, said David Thompson, vice president of public policy at National Council of Nonprofits. He predicted those conversations will lead to lasting change regardless of the judge’s upcoming ruling.

"Nonprofits do not want to be the employers of last resort," Mr. Thompson said. "We want to comply with the laws. We don’t want our employees on public assistance."

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If Judge Mazzant rules that the measure can take effect in the next few weeks, it could be difficult for the next president to revoke it due to rules governing federal procedures, Mr. Thompson said. And if the judge permanently blocks the policy, the Department of Labor is likely to appeal the decision.

Regardless of what happens, nonprofits must still comply with existing labor laws, Mr. Thompson said.

"The best news is that nonprofits now have a better understanding of their obligations under the law," he said.

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy
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