The United States Department of Labor

The United States Department of Labor is a federal executive department established in 1913 and headed by the Secretary of Labor. The Department's mission is to promote workers's general welfare and... more +
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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

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

Four Hot Labor and Employment Issues in Automotive for 2017 - Part 1

It hasn’t taken long, and if there was ever any wonder, it’s been put to rest. In the first weeks of the Trump administration we’ve seen wide-reaching philosophical shifts. But how will those shifts impact labor and...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

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

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

Got an Employee Who Doesn't Follow Your FMLA Call-in Policy? Apparently, You Now Have to Ask Him Why He Couldn't

I recently had an interesting call with a DOL investigator, and I wanted to share it with you. First, let me set the background. I represent a large national employer with multi-state locations, including several on...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

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

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

New York DOL Adopts Regulations Governing Employment Policies that Limit Employee Discussion of Wages

The New York State Department of Labor has adopted regulations clarifying employers’ rights and obligations when implementing policies that limit the discussion of wages in the workplace. Under New York Labor Law section...more

What to Expect from OSHA Under President Trump

Republican administrations tend to put more emphasis on helping employers comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements than on punitive enforcement actions. President Trump is familiar with OSHA...more

DOL Issues New Guidance on Plan Fiduciaries' Proxy Voting Policies

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) published Interpretive Bulletin (IB) 2016-1 on Dec. 29, 2016, relating to the exercise of shareholder rights and written statements of investment policy, including proxy...more

Financial Services Weekly News - February 2017 #3

Editor's Note - A Not So New Tool for Reigning in Federal Regulations. President Trump has signed a Joint Resolution of Congress which “disapproves the rule submitted by the SEC relating to ‘Disclosure of Payments by...more

DOL Chief Nominee Puzder Withdraws

According to reports, Andrew Puzder, President Donald J. Trump’s nominee for Department of Labor Secretary, has withdrawn his name from consideration. This comes on the heels of a Washington Post report that seven Republican...more

Trump Names New Nominee for Secretary of Labor

Yesterday, President Trump’s then nominee for Secretary of Labor, Andy Puzder, withdrew his nomination ahead of his confirmation hearing given the increasing opposition to his nomination by both parties. Less than 24 hours...more

Top Ten Expected Labor and Employment Law Changes by the New Trump Administration

With the inauguration behind us, what changes do we expect the Trump Administration to make to labor and employment laws? The following is a top ten list of those expected changes, as recently discussed during a webinar that...more

Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Sides with Businesses on Labor and OSHA Issues

On February 1, 2017, President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado, to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by Antonin Scalia’s death in February...more

BREAKING: Puzder expected to withdraw!

Bloomberg BNA reports this afternoon that Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, IS going to withdraw from consideration. Please stay tuned! UPDATE (4:12 p.m. EST): It’s now official....more

Fiduciary Rule's Status Uncertain

On Friday, February 3, 2017, the President signed an executive order requiring the re-examination of the final Fiduciary Rule (81 Fed. Reg. 20946 (April 8, 2016)) set to go into effect on April 10, 2017. The Fiduciary Rule,...more

The Future of Investment Management Regulation: What to Expect in 2017

In this fast-changing regulatory environment, the long-term consequences – both intended and unintended – of recent White House actions remain uncertain, but looking into our crystal ball, we see certain trends emerging....more

Update on the USDOL Conflict of Interest Rule and Related Exemptions

There were two key developments last week concerning the ongoing challenges to the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) conflict of interest rule and related exemptions:  a Presidential Memorandum calling for a review of the...more

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