The Restaurant Law Center, representing both the National Restaurant Association and the Texas Restaurant Association, joined other business groups in asking a federal appeals court to keep the Obama Administration’s overtime rule on hold. The Law Center filed the amicus brief following an announcement by the Trump Administration freezing all new and pending federal regulations following a review, which includes the controversial overtime rule. Between the temporary freeze by the Trump Administration and pending litigation, it is imperative that the temporary injunction be extended until it is clear where both the current administration and the courts stand on the overtime rule.
“The Department of Labor made drastic changes to the federal overtime rule while ignoring significant input from the industries that it would directly impact. The restaurant industry is pleased that President Trump has put a freeze on implementing this overreaching regulation, however it is imperative that the temporary hold remain in place while the courts and the Trump Administration determine next steps,” said Angelo Amador, Executive Director of the Restaurant Law Center.
The Department of Labor issued the changes to the overtime rule in May 2016, giving businesses less than one year to implement an expensive and overarching regulation that would impact a large number of businesses, government agencies, and other organizations. Several business groups and state governments challenged the rule and on November 22, 2016, Judge Amos Mazzant, of the federal district court for the Eastern District of Texas, put the rule’s implementation on temporary hold.
About the Restaurant Law Center
The Restaurant Law Center is a 501(c)6, founded to defend the restaurant industry against government overregulation on the local, state, and federal level as well as to promote the advancement of the industry through the courts. Angelo Amador serves as the Executive Director of the Restaurant Law Center. Amador also currently serves as the senior vice president and regulatory counsel for the National Restaurant Association. To learn more about the Restaurant Law Center and the cases it is currently handling, please visit Restauratnt Law Center.org.