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ALERT: Senate confirms Acosta as Secretary of Labor

Yesterday the U.S. Senate approved Alexander Acosta as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor by a vote of 60-38.  Click here to read more background information on Acosta.  Acosta’s nomination was previously approved by the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee by a 12-11 party line vote in March.

Chief among the issues awaiting Acosta is what position the DOL will take with respect to the new overtime rule announced by the Obama administration in 2016, which more than doubled the minimum salary threshold for the FLSA’s white collar exemptions to $47,476 annually.  After a District Court in Texas issued a nationwide injunction in December blocking the rule from taking effect, the case was appealed.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently granted the government’s request for additional time to file its final reply brief.   Stay tuned.

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Douglas J. Klein, Jackson Lewis, arbitration attorney, labor employment lawyer

Douglas J. Klein is an Associate in the New York City, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is engaged exclusively in the practice of labor and employment law on behalf of management.

Mr. Klein regularly appears in federal and state courts, at arbitrations and mediations and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the United States Department of Labor, the New York State Department of Labor, the New York State Division of Human Rights and the New York...