Columbia, SC (WLTX, USA TODAY) - South Carolina is joining 20 other states in challenging new federal overtime rules set to go into effect before the end of the year.
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said Tuesday the new rules will force state and local governments to increase their employment costs, and that may force some agencies to cut services or lay off employees.
“This overtime rule is bad for South Carolina businesses as it will put added pressure on business owners and take away employment opportunities for South Carolinians. Forcing these regulations on states is a violation of the 10th amendment and the rule of law.”
Back in May, the U.S. Labor Department finalized the new regulations that are expected to make an additional 4.2 million salaried workers eligible for overtime pay. It raises the salary threshold at which white-collar workers are exempt from overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476.
That means that workers who earn above the old threshold but below the new one will be entitled to time-and-a-half wages for each hour they work beyond 40 a week.
The rule takes effect December 1.
In addition to South Carolina, other states who joined this filing include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.