By Kristin White
The U.S. Department of Labor is a federal agency with significant impact on employers. Within the Department of Labor, multiple divisions exist that govern day-to-day aspects of workplaces, including safety, benefits, wages and hours.
Andrew Puzder will be nominated as the next secretary of labor, assuming confirmation by the Senate. Puzder is currently the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee’s, Carl’s Jr. and Green Burrito.
Based on his current position and commentary on the American workforce, many believe he will favor management over labor in his dealings. With industries that have faced intense regulation over the past eight years, many employers look forward to a business-friendly view in the agency. Two divisions within the Department of Labor are responsible for the safety of workers. These agencies saw intense regulatory changes over the past eight years and expect significant changes under the new administration.
Within the Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Mine Safety and Health Administration regulate the day-to-day safety of millions of workers. Both OSHA and MSHA are governed by an assistant secretary of labor who sets the policy and direction for their respective divisions.