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Sunday, December 17, 2017
Andy Puzder
Women's March protest signs

Trump’s Misogyny Takes Its Toll On Women

Although many activists had assumed voters would reject a nominee caught boasting on tape about grabbing female genitalia, Trump’s victory signaled a disturbing public acceptance of such retrograde behavior. His actions since then have generated growing fear that the Trump administration heralds a return to the policies—and the predations—of the past.

February 22, 2017

Puzder Owes Millions To Bank Seeking Labor Department Waiver

Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Labor personally owes millions of dollars to a convicted bank that is relying on the same department to waive sanctions for its crimes. The ties between embattled appointee Andrew Puzder and the multinational bank UBS were listed in federal documents, but they were not explicitly acknowledged in Puzder’s ethics agreement with federal regulators.

February 13, 2017
K Street, Trump, Lobbyist, Ethics

Trump’s Watered-Down Ethics Rules Allow Lobbyists To Run The Swamp

As a candidate, Trump regularly railed against lobbyists and led crowds in chants of “Drain the swamp!” But as president, Trump signed an executive order that weakened significant aspects of the Obama ethics policy, including scrapping a ban on lobbyists joining agencies they had recently lobbied.

February 12, 2017
Puzder, Trump, Labor Secretary

Senate Panel Finally Receives Ethics Filings For Labor Nominee Puzder

Tentative plans for Puzder’s hearing have been repeatedly postponed amid delays with a review by the Office of Government Ethics. Those stem from the complexities surrounding how Puzder will divest himself from CKE Restaurants, which is owned by private equity firm Roark Capital Group.

February 8, 2017
Labor Department, Trickle down economics

Trump’s Labor Secretary Pick Admits To Employing Illegal Immigrant

U.S. President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Labor Department has admitted to employing an undocumented immigrant as a house cleaner, according to multiple media reports on a revelation that has derailed previous Cabinet nominees.

February 7, 2017
Overtime

How Trump Could Kill A Plan To Get You Overtime Pay

One of the first tests of Trump’s pledge to help workers will come in how his administration handles the complicated rules that govern who has the right to time-and-a-half overtime pay. At stake is the possibility of overtime pay for about 4 million workers around the country.

January 15, 2017
Trump, Senate Hearings

Senate Hearings Delayed For Three Wealthy Trump Nominees

The Senate Commerce Committee said on Tuesday it was moving Ross’s hearing to Jan. 18 from Jan. 12 because Ross has not completed all of the necessary government paperwork. The Ross delay came shortly after postponements of hearings for Trump’s choices to head the Education and Labor departments.

January 10, 2017
Ross, Trump, Billionaire Cabinet

Trump’s Billionaire-Loaded Cabinet Will Face Ethics Test

While the president and vice president are largely exempt from government ethics rules, President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed Cabinet isn’t.

December 19, 2016
Puzder to head Labor Dept

Trump’s Labor Choice Is Not A Friend Of Workers

Raising the minimum wage, granting overtime pay, inconvenient questions about why so many burger flippers are also on public assistance — it all receives a dismissive wave from Puzder. Too much federal regulation, he says. Not good for business.

December 10, 2016
Labor Department, Trickle down economics

Trump Picks Opponent Of Higher Minimum Wage For Labor Department

Puzder frequently argues that higher minimum wages would hurt workers by forcing restaurants to close, and praises the benefits of automation in the fast-food industry.

December 8, 2016