Author Archives: Ben Penn

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Ex-Ogletree Lawyer Said to Be Picked to Run Wage-Hour Division

Ex-Ogletree Lawyer Said to Be Picked to Run Wage-Hour Division

By Ben Penn, Bloomberg BNA The White House is expected to name former George W. Bush administration attorney Cheryl Stanton to head the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, according to sources familiar with the process. Stanton, currently executive director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, served in Bush’s second term as

Views Of The Capitol As Senate Adopts Budget With Cuts That Don't Privatize Medicare

Big Law Attorneys Think Twice About Trump Labor Gig

By Ben Penn, Bloomberg BNA  The well-established revolving door from big law to a GOP Labor Department may need extra grease under President Donald Trump. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s ongoing search to fill political vacancies appears to be impeded by a shrinking pool of private attorneys willing to incur a lifelong Trump association — not


Littler Mendelson Tapped for Workers Comp Lobbying

By Ben Penn, Bloomberg BNA A business coalition has hired Littler Mendelson to lobby on workers’ compensation programs, in what appears to be the controversial state-level advocacy group’s first foray into national politics. The Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation promotes state legislation that permits employers to opt-out of benefit programs for injured workers. The

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Seyfarth Partner Interviewed for Labor Post: Sources

By Ben Penn, Bloomberg BNA  Alexander Passantino is a leading contender to run the Wage and Hour Division, following a White House interview last week with labor secretary nominee Alexander Acosta, sources familiar with the meeting told Bloomberg BNA. Passantino, who was acting WHD administrator for the final year of the George W. Bush administration, is

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Weil: Trump Can’t Easily Erase Overtime Rule

By Ben Penn, Bloomberg BNA Employers should be ready for the overtime rule to take effect Dec. 1, regardless of what may happen under President-elect Donald Trump, Wage and Hour Division Administrator David Weil told Bloomberg BNA. “Professors don’t cancel exams,” Weil said yesterday, when asked whether companies may consider waiting to see the next