The Trump administration is seeking a delay until June 30 in filing a legal brief in the lawsuit over new overtime rules initiated by the Obama administration that were originally supposed to take effect nationwide last Dec. 1.

As drafted by the Obama administration the overtime rule would raise the salary for exempt workers from $23,660 to $47,476 a year, with an automatic increase every three years.

But 21 states, all but one with Republican governors, filed a lawsuit seeking to block the rule, a motion that was temporarily granted by a Texas judge last November. Maine Gov. Paul LePage joined that lawsuit as an individual plaintiff.

Quoting Steven Suflas, an attorney with Ballard Spahr in Denver, Colo., and Cherry Hill, N.J., SHRM reported, "'It is likely that the new administration will advocate for an increase in the white- collar salary level regardless of the injunction,' though not at the $47,476 level." Suflas told SHRM that during his confirmation hearing Acosta had said there should be a new salary level of $33,000.

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