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Obama to Nominate Boylan for Wage and Hour Post

By Bill Leonard  4/21/2009
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President Barack Obama announced on April 14, 2009, that he intends to nominate Lorelei Boylan as administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD). Boylan currently serves as the director of strategic enforcement for the New York state Labor Standards Division.

Boylan’s nomination follows a report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) of negligence, incompetence and dishonesty among WHD employees. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis responded to the report by saying that she takes the allegations of employee misconduct “very seriously.”

“As secretary of labor, I am committed to ensuring that every worker is paid at least the minimum wage, that those who work overtime are properly compensated, that child labor laws are strictly enforced and that every worker is provided a safe and healthful environment,” Solis said in a written statement.

White House officials say Boylan’s experience in New York’s Labor Standards Division will serve her well as the top administrator for the WHD. In her current job, Boylan supervises a statewide task force for investigating wage violations in the apparel industry. Prior to leading the task force, Boylan was head of the New York Bureau of Immigrant Workers’ Rights and helped to develop state policies for responding to the needs of immigrant workers.

Obama also announced that he intends to nominate Thomasina Rogers, as chair of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Rogers currently serves as a member of the commission; she was first appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1998. She served as commission chair from 1999 to 2002. The White House did not indicate when Boylan’s and Rogers’ nominations would be formally submitted to the Senate.

Bill Leonard is senior writer for SHRM Online.

Related Article:

Investigation Faults Federal Wage and Hour Enforcement, HR News, April 8, 2009.

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