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February 20, 2017

In with the New Labor Nominee

The first 30 days of the Trump administration have been a whirlwind of activity, yet we are still waiting for the new secretary of labor. Last week, Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, withdrew his candidacy after questions arose over his employment of an undocumented worker, for whom he did not pay taxes at the time, and allegations that he physically abused his first wife. His first wife subsequently recanted the allegations, but they seem to have taken their toll. Truth be told, both labor and business had reservations about Puzder.

Trump quickly nominated Alexander Acosta, former member of the National Labor Relations Board and current dean of the International University College of Law in Miami, Florida, for the secretary of labor position. For more on Acosta, see the article written by BLR’s Kate McGovern Tornone.

For more on the transition, visit the resource center.

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Recent/Upcoming Compliance Dates

  • February 9, 2017: The Rhode Island Minimum Wage poster has been updated to reflect an increase to the minimum wage rate for tipped employees. The new minimum wage for tipped employees increased from $3.39 per hour to $3.89 per hour.
  • February 23, 2017: The Delaware Fair Employment poster has been updated to reflect new protected categories under the Delaware Discrimination in Employment Act. The Act was recently amended to include that discrimination on the basis of family care responsibilities and reproductive health decisions are prohibited in employment. Other protected categories were also added including domestic violence.
  • May 23, 2017: Employers in the city of Philadelphia are prohibited from inquiring about a job applicant’s wage history, requiring disclosure of wage history, or conditioning employment or consideration for an interview on an applicant’s disclosure of wage history (Phila. Fair Practice Ordinance, Sec. 9-1131).

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