Attorney General Bill Schuette has joined a lawsuit challenging new federal regulations on overtime for workers. The regulations, which go into effect on December 1, would raise the annual salary threshold at which professional employees are eligible for overtime, from $23,660 to $47,476 a year. Nineteen other states joined the lawsuit filed in a U.S. District Court in Texas.
The U.S. Department of Labor has said increasing the threshold would make another 4.2 million workers eligible for overtime. In Michigan, this means 101,000 employees, or 2.5 percent, of all workers, would be eligible for overtime under the new rule.
The AG’s office released a statement saying that “the attorney general is suing on behalf of the people of the state of Michigan because this rule could have a significant impact on taxpayers and job creation.”