Senate Confirms Alexander Acosta as Secretary of LaborOn April 27, 2017, the Senate confirmed R. Alexander Acosta to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Labor under President Donald Trump. April 28, 2016
The Department of Labor has been without a secretary since the President’s inauguration. Acosta is poised to make crucial decisions on a number of open issues, including the fate of President Obama’s overtime rule that substantially increased the minimum salary thresholds for the Fair Labor Standards Act’s white-collar and highly compensated worker exemptions. Acosta said during his confirmation hearing that he intended to discuss with DOL staff whether or not to pursue the former administration’s appeal of a federal district court’s decision to enjoin the overtime rule.
DOL Wages and Overtime