The timing of the issuance of DOL's new overtime rule has been a matter of much projection and debate. Prior to last week, the estimated arrival date for the final rule was summer of 2016. Last week, the Secretary of Labor expressed his desire to ensure the rule is issued in the early spring of 2016. Considering the potential for Congressional action and other litigation, the early spring 2016 date makes sense. A key concern for worker advocate groups is to ensure the rule is published early enough that any Congressional action takes place while President Obama is still in office. An early spring release meets this key goal. So for employers working on contingency planning for the new rule, you might move your completion date up a bit if you expected this to be a summer/fall of 2016 activity.