Senate Confirms Alexander Acosta as Secretary of Labor

In a long-awaited, much anticipated, yet relatively low-key vote, the Senate has confirmed Alexander Acosta as the next U.S. Secretary of Labor. Following a moderately contentious hearing last month before the Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee, the full Senate approved Acosta with a 60-38 vote, finally filling a key position in President Trump’s cabinet.

Acosta has a full slate of items awaiting him following his official swearing in, including selection of OFCCP Director. It remains to be seen, however, how quickly he will fill the position in light of the other matters he has to address, notably revisions to the FLSA classifications of exempt and non-exempt employees. We will be sure to update as soon as developments occur.