Court Temporarily Blocks Overtime Rule- Here’s What’s Next

A Texas court has granted a preliminary injunction blocking the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime regulation nationwide. The rule, set to take effect Dec. 1, would have caused Florida job creators to make tough decisions on how to control costs while examining how they classify and pay employees.

If the rule had taken effect, it would have resulted in significant new costs – $12 billion over 10 years according to the White House – and it would have caused many disruptions in how work gets done. The reality is, changing overtime regulations will not guarantee more income, but instead will negatively impact Florida’s small businesses and drastically limit employment opportunities.

The Florida Chamber has actively fought this new rule since it was announced last summer, including:

  • Officially opposing the proposed rule in comments to the DOL,
  • Meeting with Florida’s Congressional Delegation to express genuine concern about the impacts of this rule on Florida job creators, and
  • Engaging business leaders to share their concerns with DOL officials.
While the Court’s injunction is a move in the right direction, it’s only temporary. We must not retreat. Please take 30 seconds TODAY to share how this rule will impact your business, and encourage President-Elect Donald Trump to permanently repeal this proposed rule.

Here’s how you can share your voice:

1. Go to President-Elect Trump’s website by clicking here
2. Copy and paste this text to share your story:
Dear President-Elect Trump: Please repeal the Obama Administration’s Overtime Rule PERMANENTLY. This rule is harmful to businesses like mine and makes our state less competitive. Thank you for your support.

Pushing Back Against Overreaching Federal Regulations

Florida Chamber Holds Washington, D.C. ‘Fly-In’ to Meet With Lawmakers/Federal Officials

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 9 , 2015) – With job creators facing a tidal wave of overreaching federal regulations, the Florida Chamber of Commerce this week is leading a delegation of board members on a “Washington, D.C. Fly-In,” meeting with members of Florida’s Congressional delegation – urging their support of job creators and pushing back against burdensome regulations.

Overreaching federal regulations is the number one concern of Florida Chamber members and partners, according to its latest Florida Business Agenda survey.

“Florida companies are increasingly concerned about the tsunami of federal regulations headed their way,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber.

“The Florida Chamber’s Washington, D.C. Fly-In allows our members and partners to serve as citizen lobbyists, side-by-side with our professional advocacy team, to further strengthen the voice of Florida’s business community and to say enough is enough when it comes to overreaching federal regulations.”

In recent weeks, the Florida Chamber has officially opposed numerous overreaching federal regulations, including:

• EPA’s Waters of the U. S. Rule
• EPA’s Ozone Regulations Rule
• EPA’s Clean Power Plan Rule
• Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule

The Florida Chamber’s Washington, D.C. Fly-In includes meetings with:

• Congresswoman Corrine Brown
• Congressman Vern Buchanan
• Congressman Carlos Curbelo
• Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart
• Congressman David Jolly
• Congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen
• Congressman Daniel Webster
• U.S. Chamber of Commerce
• U.S. Department of Agriculture

During the two-days of meetings, the Florida Chamber team also discussed:

• Reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank
• Transportation reauthorization (related to surface transportation)
• International trade

Spearheading this Florida Chamber advocacy opportunity are Alice Ancona, Director of Global Outreach, and Drew Preston, Chief of Staff & Vice President, Office of the President.

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Email President Obama – Urge Him to Reconsider Overtime Changes

Your Action Needed Before
5 p.m. on Friday, September 4

The Obama Administration is proposing revising overtime regulations by making more employees eligible for overtime. The reality is changing overtime regulations will not guarantee more income, but instead will negatively impact small businesses and drastically limit employment opportunities. Click the button below to email President Barack Obama directly and urge him to reconsider his proposed overtime law revisions.

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A very special thank you to the following regional chambers of commerce for joining the Florida Chamber’s efforts to oppose the federal Department of Labor’s proposed overtime revisions.

  • Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Clay County Chamber of Commerce
  • Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce
  • Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Deland Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Destin Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
  • JAX Chamber
  • Manatee Chamber of Commerce
  • Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership
  • Orlando, Inc.
  • South Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • West Volusia Regional Chamber

Email President Obama Now:

Click the button below to send President Obama an email urging him to reconsider his proposed overtime regulations.

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