No Acosta Vote Before Recess

Congress recessed last week without taking a vote on the nomination of Trump Labor Secretary-nominee Alex Acosta, so we are still without a Secretary of Labor. The latest projections are that a confirmation vote on the Acosta nomination will not happen before the last week of April. In the interim, the Department of Labor has…

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That Most Elusive Hearing

When Andy Puzder was the Labor Secretary nominee, his confirmation hearing was scheduled, postponed and rescheduled no fewer than 5 times before he withdrew from consideration on February 15 – without a hearing ever taking place!. With current nominee Alex Acosta, confirmed for other posts by the Senate on 3 different occasions, most believed it…

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Calmer Seas for Acosta

For the past few months, we’ve reported regularly on the ups and downs of former Trump Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder and the ultimately successful effort to derail his appointment. Early indications are that the new nominee for the business-critical post, Alexander Acosta, (here is a story on his time on the National Labor Relations…

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Justice Wins Delay in OT Appeal

Touted as a major accomplishment of the Obama administration, the new overtime rule was permanently enjoined by a Texas court, a decision that was promptly appealed by the Department of Justice under President Obama. Now, with President Trump in the White House, the likelihood of that appeal continuing is seriously diminished.  In fact, just this…

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Know When To Hold ‘Em, Know When To Fold ‘Em

We’re beginning to think that NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin has never heard the Kenny Rogers classic song, The Gambler. Notwithstanding the Trump election and the likelihood that NLRB excesses will be reversed when the President gets control of the Board next year, Griffin keeps pushing expansion of the NLRB reach.  This week, he issued…

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Playing ‘Til The Whistle

As we enter the NFL Conference Championship weekend, we can fully understand “playing ‘til the whistle”, but relating that notion to the remnants of the Obama labor legacy is something different at this address. Notwithstanding, that seems to be precisely what the outgoing Department of Labor is doing as relates its permanently enjoined “Persuader Rule”…

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Court Rejects Staying OT Rule Injunction

As we reported to you back in early December, the federal court in Texas enjoined the new Department of Labor overtime regulations that would have more than doubled the overtime exemption threshold to over $47,000, a decision that DOL quickly appealed. Last week, Judge Amos Mazzant of the District Circuit, who actually issued the injunction…

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Cabinet Members Prepare for Transition

As the transition of presidential power to President-elect Trump gets closer, President Obama has asked cabinet secretaries to write “exit memos” to identify progress they believe they have made and highlight the work that remains.  In response, most of the Secretariats have completed the task and released their vision. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez…

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Puzder Confirmation Hearing Set for January 17

With Donald Trump set to assume the office of the Presidency in just over 10 days, focus is shifting to the confirmation hearings in the US Senate for the president-elect’s cabinet nominees.  In that vein, the US Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor & Pensions (HELP) will hold a confirmation hearing on January 17 on…

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IFA Asks for Puzder Endorsements

As we know, President-elect Donald Trump has announced that he will nominate Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. as his Secretary of Labor and the International Franchise Association (IFA) has undertaken an effort to help him win confirmation.  Puzder is a member of the IFA Board of…

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