President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated former National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) member R. Alexander Acosta to serve as U.S. secretary of labor, one day after Trump’s original choice, Andrew Pudzer withdrew. Acosta is dean of the Florida International University College of Law in Miami and is Trump’s first Hispanic nominee. Acosta is seen as a much more conservative pick than Pudzer, who was said to be against minimum wage and increasing overtime benefits. Republican President George W. Bush appointed him to the NLRB and also appointed him to be assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. He also previously served as a law clerk to Samuel Alito from 1994 to 1995, when the conservative Supreme Court justice was a judge at the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. If you have labor or employment questions, please contact your Tampa Employment Lawyer Darren D. McClain.
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