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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Hearing Set For Labor Nominee Acosta

The initial confirmation hearing on the nomination of Alexander Acosta as President Trump’s Labor Secretary has been scheduled. The Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) has scheduled the first of its Acosta confirmation hearings for 1:30 next Wednesday in the Dirksen Senate Office building. President Trump’s initial nominee, CKE Restaurant CEO Andy…

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Reversing Obama

The 2016 election promised to undo many actions the Obama administration took on a host of issues – most notably, the Affordable Care Act. But, there are many regulatory actions that the Trump administration has teed up for a mulligan, if you will, that are causing angst in the organized labor camp and measured joy…

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Trump Names New Labor Nominee

In the wake of CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder withdrawing as the nominee for Labor Secretary, President Trump wasted little time naming a replacement, nominating Alexander Acosta – a former National Labor Relations Board member, US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Justice Department official and the current dean of Florida International College of…

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If At First You Don’t Succeed . . .

Over the past several weeks, we’ve reported a date & time for the impending confirmation hearing of Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder – each time giving a date in the upcoming week when the hearing was scheduled, and each week it has been postponed. Next week, the US Senate HELP Committee has scheduled a public…

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Regulatory Repeal Slowed by Hearing Delays

As much as Congress may be anxious to undo some of the more egregious regulatory mandates imposed last year by the Department of Labor, it seems that the aforementioned delays in the Puzder confirmation process are also delaying the repeal efforts – especially of the overtime rule that doubled the overtime threshold.  According to a…

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Puzder Nomination Delays

We told you in our last issue that the Senate hearing on the nomination of Andy Puzder as Labor Secretary would be held yesterday, February 2. After we went to press last week however, we learned it had been delayed for the 4th time. As of this writing, the hearing is postponed indefinitely until the…

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Puzder Hearing on For February 2

Lastly on the national front, we want to again urge our readers to lend their support to President Trump’s nomination of Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants (parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s), as Secretary of Labor. His nomination hearing will be held next Thursday, February 2 before the US Senate Committee on Health,…

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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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