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DOL Requests Expedited Ruling on Appeal of Preliminary Injunction, But Appeal Will Not Be Decided Before Trump Administration Under Proposed Schedule

On December 2, one day after filing its appeal of the preliminary injunction blocking its new salary basis regulations, the DOL filed a request for expedited briefing and oral argument in the appeal.  The DOL has requested that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals set an expedited schedule whereby briefing would be complete on February 7, 2017 and oral argument would occur on the first available date thereafter.  According to the DOL, the injunction was issued in error because the Fair Labor Standards Act gives the DOL “broad latitude” to issue regulations defining and delimiting the white collar exemptions, including the salary basis test.  The DOL also notes in its request that the district court below set an expedited schedule for considering the motion for preliminary injunction.  The States who initially filed the lawsuit challenging the DOL salary basis regulations have indicated that they oppose the DOL’s request for expedited briefing and oral argument.  The Fifth Circuit may not grant the DOL’s request for an expedited schedule, but even if it does the appeal would not be resolved by the January 20, 2017 inauguration of President-elect Trump even under the DOL’s proposed schedule.  Under the Trump Administration, the DOL could withdraw the appeal or issue new proposed rules.  Congress could also pass new legislation nullifying the DOL regulation. 

Jackson Lewis principal Eric Magnus also contributed to this post.

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Justin R. Barnes, Jackson Lewis, Federal Employment Lawyer, Discrimination Allegations Attorney
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Justin R. Barnes is a Principal in the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents employers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies on a variety of labor and employment related issues, including collective and class action wage and hour disputes, labor arbitrations, allegations of discrimination, and employment-related contract disputes.

Mr. Barnes’ practice is focused primarily on defending complex wage and hour class and collective actions in state and federal courts across the...

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Eric R. Magnus, Jackson Lewis, Wage and Hour Class Defense Lawyer, Employment Matters Attorney
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Eric R. Magnus is a Shareholder in the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice is focused primarily on defending federal and state wage and hour class and collective actions in jurisdictions across the United States.

Mr. Magnus’ collective and class action practice focus primarily on “donning and doffing,” “off-the-clock” and misclassification wage and hour cases. Mr. Magnus has obtained summary judgment at the district and circuit court levels in Fair Labor Standards Act and state law cases across the country. Mr. Magnus has also obtained favorable settlements in nationwide off-the-clock, donning and doffing and misclassification cases in several jurisdictions. He is an active member of the firm’s national class action and wage hour practice groups. Mr. Magnus also regularly advises clients prospectively on proper classifications of employees and on effective methods to avoid off-the-clock claims.

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