SHRM Statement on Labor Secretary Nominee Alexander Acosta

February 17, 2017
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) released this statement on the nomination of Alexander Acosta to be the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor:

Alexander Acosta would bring to the role of Labor secretary experience as a member of the National Labor Relations Board and as assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil rights division. With those experiences comes an important understanding of labor relations and civil rights.

Because labor relations and civil rights are issues addressed by HR professionals in the workplace, SHRM welcomes Acosta’s nomination. 

Day in, day out, HR professionals deal with workplace issues influenced by regulation and legislation. As a result, SHRM — as HR’s primary representative — will continue to offer HR’s important perspective as Congress takes up Acosta’s nomination and the Trump administration responds to workplace issues.

Media: SHRM offers expertise on
• Regulation
• Employment practices
• Immigration reform
• Flexible work arrangements
• Employee benefits

Resource: Principles for a 21st Century Workplace, which highlight the HR public policies that SHRM hopes to work on with the Trump administration and 115th Congress.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Kate Kennedy of SHRM Media Relations at 703-535-6260 and or Vanessa Hill at 703-535-6072 and

About the Society for Human Resource Management
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