President Trump wasted no time nominating a new Labor Secretary in the wake of Alexander Acosta’s resignation from the post July 12, 2019. Eugene Scalia, son of former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, needs Senate approval to officially take over as head of the Department of Labor (DOL).
As an attorney, Scalia has a track record of supporting employers and fighting against regulatory overreach. This will not sit well with union backers many Democrats who oppose his stance, despite his accomplished history in labor and employment law.
Many believe Scalia’s nomination will boost pro-business initiatives and limit government regulations. Pundits expect even more activity within the DOL and OFCCP with Acosta now out of office. While Scalia will certainly push hard for employers, the Acting Secretary of Labor, Patrick Pizzella, also favors businesses when it comes to regulatory reform.
Contractors need to be on their toes and watching for updates as Pizella and Scalia put their stamp on the labor department.