Tag: Labor Department (US)

Labor Dept. Moves to Expand Religion Exemption for Hiring and Firing

The Labor Department has proposed a rule that would allow more federal contractors to base employment decisions on religion, a move that rights advocates said could be used to discriminate against workers for all manner of reasons. The proposal, announced on Wednesday, seeks “to provide the broadest protection of religious exercise recognized by the Constitution […]

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Trump’s Labor Pick Has Defended Corporations, and One Killer Whale

Eugene Scalia, whom President Trump intends to nominate as labor secretary, is often hired by companies when they are sued by workers, or when they want to push back against new employment laws and regulations. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce praised him as an “excellent choice,” saying he would be a valuable asset to the […]

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Trump Plans to Nominate Eugene Scalia for Labor Secretary Job

President Trump is expected to name Eugene Scalia as his next secretary of labor, according to two people with direct knowledge of the decision, tapping the son of the former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for a position with vast responsibility over the American work force. A former top lawyer for the Labor Department in […]

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Trump’s New Top Labor Official Is Expected to Advance an Anti-Labor Agenda

Congressional Republicans, members of their staffs and conservative activists regularly flew first class to Saipan, an island just north of Guam in the Pacific Ocean. They slept at the beachfront Hyatt Regency, and dined on fresh Japanese cuisine. The junkets in the late 1990s were organized by Patrick Pizzella. The Northern Mariana Islands, a commonwealth […]

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Acosta Resigns as Trump’s Labor Secretary After Epstein Plea Deal

WASHINGTON — President Trump said Friday morning that R. Alexander Acosta, his embattled secretary of labor, will resign following controversy over his handling of a sex crimes case involving the financier, Jeffrey Epstein, when he was a prosecutor in Florida. Mr. Acosta called the president this morning and informed him of his decision to resign, […]

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Trump Detests Apologetic Men

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta negotiated what many consider a sweetheart deal with Jeffrey Epstein over sex-crime charges years ago when Acosta was the United States attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Acosta held a news conference on Wednesday to, presumably, calm calls for his removal now that Epstein has been arrested and charged with […]

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Trump Doesn’t Know About Labor

So, did you enjoy the parade for the U.S. women’s soccer team? People sure did seem happy. I believe this is partly because the players are terrific and partly because many Americans are desperate to think about something other than Donald Trump. And, good Lord, his crack team of cabinet members. On Wednesday, Secretary of […]

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Trump’s War on Worker Rights

President Trump ran for office as a champion of American workers and a friend of labor unions, but his administration has systematically favored employers at the expense of workers. In recent months, the administration has moved to tighten qualifications for who must be paid the minimum wage and who must be paid overtime. It is […]

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