Professor David Weil

Professor David Weil

In what is an egregious appointment for franchise owners and small businessmen and women throughout the country, Boston University business school professor David Weil was confirmed by the US Senate on April 28 as the Administrator of the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.  Confirmed by a straight party line vote, Weil officially assumed the position this past week.  For those not familiar with him, Professor Weil authored a 2010 report for the Wage and Hour Division “Improving Workplace Conditions Through Strategic Enforcement“, in which he essentially advocates dismantling the franchising industry.  (He has described franchisees as an unnecessary part of the economy because they take a “piece of the pie” that should go to the workers!)  He is the first of three Obama nominees for the post to be confirmed as the previous two withdrew in the face of withering republican opposition.  There was also strong opposition to Weil’s nomination, but since his nomination, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid employed the so-called “nuclear option” (meaning confirmation only requires a simple majority) on executive nominations.