New Secretary of Labor Confirmed by the U.S. Senate

On April 27, 2017, the U.S. Senate confirmed Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor. Prior to his confirmation, Mr. Acosta was the Dean of Florida International University College of Law. Mr. Acosta’s experience includes serving as a federal prosecutor, a civil rights chief at the Justice Department, and a member of the National Labor Relations Board.

With Mr. Acosta’s confirmation, it is expected that the Department of Labor (DOL) will determine its position regarding the DOL’s overtime rule. The rule, which was halted by a federal district court judge’s preliminary injunction, would have raised the salary level for white-collar exemptions from $23,660 to $47,476 per year. The DOL was granted an extension until June 30, 2017, to submit its written argument in its appeal of the injunction.

Mr. Acosta did not specifically address his stance on the DOL’s overtime rule during his Senate confirmation hearing.