DOL Asks For Delay on Persuader Rule

With new Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta just getting sworn in, his Department of Labor has asked a Minnesota federal court for a further delay in its response deadline on a legal challenge to the Obama-era persuader rule. The rule, redefined under the previous administration, expanded the categories of “persuaders” – those hired to defeat…

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And Not A Moment Too Soon

At long last, there is a new Secretary of Labor and a full Cabinet for President Trump as Alex Acosta was finally confirmed to the post by the US Senate a full 98 days into the Trump administration. Acosta, who was nominated by President Trump after his first choice, Andy Puzder, withdrew from consideration after…

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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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Acosta Confirmation Not Yet Scheduled

The franchise issue may have moved as scheduled in Florida, but the wheels of government turn much more slowly in the nation’s capital. Despite having been approved by the HELP Committee in the US Senate over one week ago, there is still no confirmation vote scheduled on the nomination of Alex Acosta as Labor Secretary…

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Acosta Approved by Committee

The likelihood of the Trump administration finally getting a new Secretary of Labor in place took a major step forward this week with the approval of Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta by the Senate Committee on Health Employment Labor and Pensions (HELP). The committee recommended his confirmation yesterday by a party-line vote of 12 –…

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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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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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