Department of Labor (DOL) overtime rules that were to go into effect December 1 have been halted. Judge Amos L. Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, issued the injunction suspending the DOL overtime rules November 22, 2016. While an appeal of the injunction may occur, for now, the rules are not enforceable.
“Many churches and church related employers had been working to determine whether or not the rules were applicable to their situations,” said Don Walter, director of Pensions and Benefits USA. “For those who determined they were affected, most had likely made changes in employment and compensation arrangements. We now need to see how this matter progresses through the courts and Congress to know whether or not the rules will ever be effective.”
The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability has created a resource with answers to questions about overtime rules as they relate to churches and non-profits. You can download if for free at ecfa.org.