Regulatory Developments

Trump Nominates Andrew Puzder for Labor Secretary; Safety Community Reacts

President-elect Donald Trump announced that he plans to nominate Andrew Puzder to serve as Secretary of Labor in Trump’s administration. If confirmed, he would oversee the Department of Labor and its many agencies, which include OSHA, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), and many others.

Puzder, 66, is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc., the parent company of fast food chains including Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. He has been an outspoken critic of what he views as excessive government regulation of businesses and was a vocal supporter of Trump throughout the campaign.

Puzder has been associated with a variety of positions, including opposition to increases in the minimum wage and the Affordable Care Act. According to attorney John Alan Doran, a partner at the law firm Sherman & Howard, the naming of Puzder “is great news for employers, and not-so-great for the lawyers who represent them.”
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