The not-so-Fair Labor Standard Act

A court decision on Nov. 22 allowed employers nationwide to breathe a heavy sigh of relief, but especially here in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

  On Nov. 22, District Judge Amos L. Mazzant ruled against the Department of Labor’s efforts to increase the minimum salary of exempt employees — saying the department does not have the authority to utilize a salary-level test or an automatic updating mechanism. His ruling granted the motion of 21 states for a preliminary injunction on the final rule that would have taken effect Dec. 1.

The concerns of the 21 plaintiff states . . .

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