Senate Confirms Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor

On 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
Acosta has been the Dean of the Florida International University Law School since 2009.  He was appointed to the National Labor Relations Board in 2002 by President George W. Bush; he served for eight months before President Bush chose him to head the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division.  In 2005, Acosta became the U.S. Attorney for South Florida.

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.

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