HR Professionals Magazine – May 2017


May 2017 Issue Highlights

In the Spotlight: Mary Ila Ward, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, Director-Elect of the 2017 ALSHRM Conference & Expo


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breaking news


R. Alexander Acosta Sworn in as 27th Secretary of Labor

WASHINGTON (April 28th, 2017) — Alex Acosta was sworn in as the nation’s new labor secretary April 28, completing President Donald Trump’s Cabinet. The Senate’s 60-38 confirmation vote on April 27 included eight Democrats and one independent who voted yes with Republicans.

Acosta is the nation’s 27th labor secretary. The Department of Labor (DOL) enforces more than 180 federal laws covering about 10 million employers and 125 million workers. Acosta has been a federal prosecutor, a civil rights chief at the Justice Department and a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB.) Acosta has been confirmed by the Senate four times.

The home page of the Department of Labor reflects Acosta’s policy priorities: “Buy American, Hire American.” President  Trump’s executive order this week directs the DOL and other agencies to issue guidance within 60 days on policies that would “ensure that, to the extent permitted by law,” federal aid will “maximize the use of materials produced in the United States, including manufactured products; components of manufactured products; and materials such as steel, iron, aluminum, and cement.”

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