Friday, December 16, 2016

Will Labor Secretary Designee Pudzer Push Equal Pay Rights?

President elect Trump’s daughter Ivanka repeatedly promised during the Trump campaign to fight for equal pay rights for women in the labor force. The Obama administration’s EEOC has promulgated a new reporting requirement for all businesses with over 100 employees, expanding earnings and hours worked reporting requirements from a 200 cell report to a 4,000 cell report due on the third quarter EEOC snapshot date. Trump’s Labor Secretary Designee, fast food executive Andrew Pudzer, on the other hand, is pledged to “save small businesses from the crushing burdens of unnecessary regulations that are stunting job growth and suppressing wages.”

According to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Pudzer is “someone who opposes an increase in the minimum wage, opposes the overtime rule that would raise middle class wages, and whose businesses have repeatedly violated labor laws,” and that Trump’s naming Pudzer to the Labor Department post is “the surest sign yet that the next cabi9net will be looking out for the billionaires and special interests, instead of America’s working class.” It will be interesting to see whether the Obama administrations third quarter 2017 wage and hour reporting requirement will survive, because of Ivanka’s influence, or die in the Pudzer DOL regulatory environment.

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