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Second Time's The Charm? An Employer's Guide To Labor Secretary Nominee Alexander Acosta

After his initial selection of Andrew Puzder was scuttled by staunch opposition from Democrats and worker advocates, President Trump nominated Alexander Acosta to be the country’s next Secretary of Labor. This Cabinet-level...more

Overtime Appeal Faces Further Delay

So what’s the future of the overtime regulations that were supposed to become effective last December, but then got blocked by a federal judge just before Thanksgiving? It appears that we are going to have to wait a while...more

Trump Administration Withdraws Motion Seeking to Limit Court's Stay of Obama's Transgender Bathroom Guidance in Public Schools

There has been much speculation about the Trump administration’s position with respect to LGBTQ rights. We may now have our first glimpse. Just days after Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General, the government has...more

Alex Acosta Nominated for Secretary of Labor Position After Withdrawal of Andrew Puzder From Consideration

Secretary of Labor Nominee Andrew Puzder withdrew his name from consideration on February 15, 2017, capping weeks of speculation, as well as significant criticism from several different sectors related to his company’s...more

D.C. Mayor Signs Bill Restricting Employers From Making Credit Check Inquiries

On February 15, 2017, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act of 2016 (the “Act”). As previously reported, the Act, if it becomes law, will amend the D.C. Human Rights Act to prohibit employers...more

New Secretary of Labor Designee

The President announced that Alex Acosta, currently Dean of the Florida International School of Law will be the next nominee for Secretary of Labor following the withdrawal of Andrew Puzder. Acosta is a native of Miami,...more

R. Alexander Acosta Picked to Head Department of Labor

President Donald Trump has nominated R. Alexander Acosta to be Secretary of Labor. His nomination comes one day after Andrew Puzder, Trump’s first pick to lead the Department of Labor, withdrew his nomination....more

President Trump States He Will Issue New Travel Ban Executive Order

On February 16, 2017, in a court filing and at a press conference, President Trump has stated that he will issue a new Executive Order (“EO”) to supplement or replace his January 27, 2017 Executive Order (“EO”) entitled...more

The District of Columbia Passes the Nation’s Most Expansive Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

On February 15, 2017, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that she will not veto the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (Bill 21-415) (“Act”), previously passed by the D.C. Council on December 22, 2016....more

Alex Acosta, Former NLRB Member, Nominated as Secretary of Labor

President Trump announced yesterday that he intends to nominate R. Alexander Acosta as the Secretary of Labor. Mr. Trump’s initial nominee for the position, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his candidacy Wednesday....more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Three Percent High-Earner Tax Changes Under Consideration - Among the issues Maine’s...more

District of Columbia Mayor Signs Law Restricting Employers from Using Credit Information in Employment Decisions

On February 15, 2017, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a bill prohibiting, with limited exceptions, employers’ use of or obtaining a job applicant's or employee's credit information for employment purposes. ...more

Andrew Puzder Withdraws Candidacy for Labor Secretary; Trump Taps Former U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta

On February 15, 2017, just one day before his confirmation hearing, Andrew Puzder announced that he was withdrawing his nomination to serve as President Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary. Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants,...more

Who Is Alexander Acosta, and Will He Be the New Labor Secretary?

Within less than 24 hours following the withdrawal of Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s first choice to fill the position of Secretary of Labor, the president announced at a press conference on Thursday, February 16 that his...more

Even Faster Re-Appointment: President Trump Tags Dean Alexander Acosta as Next DOL Nominee

One day after losing his initial nominee, Andy Puzder, President Trump named Alexander Acosta, the Dean of Florida International School of Law, his next (and hopefully final) nominee for Secretary of Labor....more

Trump Announces R. Alexander Acosta as Replacement Labor Secretary Nominee

Wasting no time to identify a replacement following Andrew Puzder’s withdrawal from consideration for Secretary of Labor, President Trump announced yesterday that he has tapped R. Alexander Acosta for the role....more

Labor Secretary Nominee Puzder Withdraws from Consideration

President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor Andrew Puzder has withdrawn from consideration from the position. In a written statement, Mr. Puzder said...more

Puzder Bows Out, While the DOL (and its New OT Rule) Waits

President Trump’s pick for Labor Secretary, Andrew F. Puzder, has withdrawn his name from consideration. Support for Puzder had eroded quickly over the last week....more

Presenting The New Nominee For Secretary Of Labor: Alexander Acosta

President Trump’s new nominee for Secretary of Labor is R. Alexander Acosta, dean of the law school of Florida International University in Miami. Before he became a law school dean, Mr. Acosta’s experience included heading...more

A Rule Deferred: Department of Labor Delays Implementation of Fiduciary Rule

As we previously discussed in our May 19, 2016 SW Benefits Update, the Department of Labor (the “Department”) previously issued final regulations on fiduciary conflicts of interest in retirement programs. The rules, which...more

National Strikes and Boycott Activities Planned for February 16 & 17 (And Beyond)

Seyfarth Synopsis: Several organizations are planning nationwide strikes and boycott activities on February 16-17 to oppose Trump Administration and Republican policies. Employers impacted by these activities should be...more

Fast Exit for Fast Food Labor Secretary Nominee Puzder

Secretary of Labor nominee Andy Puzder withdrew his nomination on February 15. Neither his statement nor his Twitter posts gave any reason for the withdrawal, but it was known that his nomination was in trouble with several...more

Andrew Puzder Withdraws a Secretary of Labor Nominee

Andrew Puzder has withdrawn from consideration as Secretary of Labor. As we previously reported, Puzder’s confirmation hearing, scheduled for tomorrow, had been postponed multiple times amid increasing scrutiny surrounding...more

Strike4Democracy’s National Day of Action and the Impact on the Workplace

In a protest against President Trump’s immigration policies and plans, organizers around the country are coordinating a national protest day set for Friday, February 17th — encouraging workers to “walk out” or “don’t work” if...more

‘A Day Without Immigrants’ National Strike Planned – What Can Employers Do?

Activists throughout the U.S., but focused in Washington, D.C., are planning a protest that exhorts employees not to report to work on February 16, 2017, as one measure to demonstrate what a “Day Without Immigrants” can mean...more

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