Author Archives: Ben Penn


Littler Mendelson Tapped for Workers Comp Lobbying

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

Pictured: Alexander Acosta. Photographer: Emily Harris/Bloomberg

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

Photographer:  Jeff Zelevansky/ Bloomberg News.

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