With Acosta Out, Trump to Name Scalia

With the resignation of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, President Trump has announced his intention to nominate Attorney Eugene Scalia as his next Secretary of Labor. Acosta officially left the post last Friday, with Deputy Secretary Patrick Pizzella thought to have had a lock on the position going forward, but President Trump decided to go in…

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Trump Nominates Another for EEOC

President Trump has submitted the name of a Wage and Hour Division official as his latest nominee for a vacant seat on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  Current Deputy Administrator for the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, Keith Sonderling was nominated to a vacant republican commissioner position by the President. If confirmed,…

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OSHA Nominee Withdraws

File it under the heading “Enough is enough!”, as President Trump’s nominee to head the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration, Scott Mugno,  has withdrawn his name from consideration. A former FedEx safety executive, the Mugno nomination (filed in 2017) was caught up in a tug-of-war between the Congress and the White House over a host…

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Senate Standoff Continues as Gaston Pearce Withdraws

The ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pension Committee, democratic Senator Patty Murray reaffirmed this week that she will continue to block Republican labor nominees unless/until the Republican majority approves democrat nominees. In light of the ongoing standoff, which has blocked hundreds of federal appointments over the past few years, former NLRB…

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Trump Resubmits Nominees to Senate

President Donald Trump re-submitted a host of nominations for a number of labor and other positions to the Senate this week. Many of the nominees were caught in a standoff between the White House and democratic senators over pending nominations: essentially, where the republican Senate majority did not confirm a number of democratic nominees, then…

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Senatorial Shutdown?

Well, not formally, but as far as confirmation of Presidential nominees is concerned, it might as well be. As the partial government shutdown enters its 3rd full week, the Senate’s block on the re-nomination of democratic Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Chai Feldblum is complete with her term expiring after nine years with the agency. President…

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EEOC Nominee Withdraws

It may be the headline the business community was hoping for, but it refers to the wrong nominee!  As we advised in last weeks issue, there is a standoff in Congress over three nominees of President Trump to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – one democrat (Chai Feldblum) & two republicans (Daniel Gade and…

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Joint Employer Comment Period Ends Thursday

As we’ve reported before, the extended public comment period relating proposed changes to the definition of joint employer ends next Thursday, December 13. The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register in September and was extended an additional 30 days to allow for additional comments. If any of our readers have yet to comment…

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Business Still Targets Gaston Pearce

And the third leg of this week’s NLRB stool shows the business community continuing its strong opposition to the re-nomination of democrat and former Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce to another five year term on the National Labor Relations Board. Business groups are lobbying Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) hard in opposition to Pearce with…

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Despite Business View, Trump Reappoints Pearce

As we’ve advised you over the past few weeks, the broader business community was pushing hard for President Trump to replace National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Mark Gaston Pearce when his term expired on Monday of this week. Unfortunately, the President rejected that recommendation and re-appointed Pearce on Tuesday, just one day after his…

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