Labor secretary nominee Acosta advances to full Senate

March 30, 2017 0 COMMENTS

President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor has been approved by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Alexander Acosta now advances to the full Senate for a final confirmation vote.

Acosta, a former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member, generally has been praised by the employer community. He has a deep understanding of labor and employment issues and should be able to hit the ground running if confirmed, said Leslie E. Silverman, a shareholder at Fortney & Scott and contributor to Federal Employment Law Insider.

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Criticism in store for Obama’s choice for DOL

March 18, 2013 0 COMMENTS

President Barack Obama’s choice of Thomas E. Perez for secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor is likely to face tough questions during the process of confirmation by the Senate. If confirmed, Perez will replace Hilda L. Solis, who stepped down as labor secretary in January after serving in the post four years.

Foes of Perez, who currently is the assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division in the Justice Department, are citing a report from the administration’s inspector general that points out “deep ideological polarization” that has “fueled disputes and mistrust” in the Justice Department’s Voting Section. The report says problems have existed for years, including in the George W. Bush administration, but Perez’s performance was called into question as soon as reports indicated he would be nominated for labor secretary.

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