• March 16, 2017

    Trump Lays Out Budget Vision for FY 2018

    President Trump released his fiscal year 2018 “budget blueprint” for federal discretionary spending on March 16 slashing spending at many agencies in favor of boosting funding for the military. Specific details of how budget cuts and increases at the various agencies might play out and other types of spending, like entitlements, were not included in the document.

    The president does not have the power to implement a specific budget plan, Congress controls the budget process, but the proposals are widely seen as a barometer of an administration’s priorities and can be used as a starting place for negotiations.

  • March 16, 2017

    ‘Blacklisting’ Rule for Contractors Unlikely to Take Effect After Congressional Action

    The Obama administration’s government contractor-focused “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Executive Order (E.O. 13673), also called the “Blacklisting Order,” is likely to be scuttled following Congressional action in recent weeks.

    On March 6 the Senate narrowly passed a Congressional Review Act resolution along party lines disapproving E.O. 13673 and blocking future administrations from promulgating a similar rule. The House passed a similar resolution in February. At press time the resolution was waiting for President Trump’s signature, which it is likely to receive.

  • February 17, 2017

    Labor Secretary Turmoil: Puzder Withdraws, Acosta Nominated to Take Place

    On Feb. 15 President Trump’s first pick for Secretary of Labor withdrew his name from consideration, a day before confirmation hearings were set to begin. On Feb. 16 Trump announced a new nominee for the position, R. Alexander Acosta.

    In a statement, Trump cited Acosta’s public service career. Acosta previously served in Senate-confirmed positions, including as a National Labor Relations Board member. He also served as an assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s civil rights division under President George W.

  • February 15, 2017

    DOL Nominee Faces Potentially Tough Confirmation Hearing This Week

    Andrew Puzder, the controversial Labor Secretary pick of the Trump administration, faces his confirmation hearing on Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. In the days leading up to the hearing, four Republican senators have indicated they are still undecided about Puzder and had some lingering questions to be addressed. Republican leadership has publically expressed confidence that Puzder will be confirmed, but the refusal of those four senators to state their support lead to speculation that Puzder’s confirmation hearing could be tough.

  • December 9, 2016

    Fast Food CEO Named Labor Secretary Nominee by Trump Administration

    President-elect Trump named fast-food chief executive officer Andy Puzder as his nominee for Labor Secretary on Dec. 8. Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardees.

    According to media reports, the pick drew quick criticism from seemingly disparate ends of the political spectrum. Puzder has made public statements in the past indicating he is opposed to higher minimum wages and other regulations, which has earned him the ire of liberals; but he has also publically professed views on immigration at odds with conservatives and with some of the president elect’s statements.

  • December 6, 2016

    Overtime Uncertainty: Court Injunction Halts Overtime Rule; DOL Appeals

    A Texas federal court issued a last minute injunction stopping implementation of the new overtime rules, which would have greatly expanded the number of workers eligible for overtime. In response the Obama administration quickly filed an appeal seeking to remove the injunction and allow the new requirements to take effect as scheduled. 

    On Nov. 22, U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant issued an emergency motion for preliminary injunction halting the implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, which was to take effect Dec. 1.

  • November 17, 2016

    DOL Fines Reminder of Continued Enforcement Following Election

    In the wake of the elections there is very little certainty for businesses in the compliance space. Regardless of what unfolds in 2017, government contractors need to remember that the current U.S. Department of Labor is still operating under the same enforcement priorities.

    In recent weeks DOL has slapped several federal contractors with hefty fines for alleged compliance failures. Tyson Foods paid $1.6 million to settle allegations of systemic hiring discrimination at six of its facilities in the southwest.


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