Bloomberg Law
Sept. 30, 2019, 6:35 PM

Eugene Scalia Sworn In as 28th Labor Secretary

Ben Penn
Ben Penn

Eugene Scalia officially has the title of U.S. secretary of labor following a short swearing-in ceremony Sept. 30 at the White House with President Donald Trump.

Scalia, a longtime labor and employment partner at business law firm Gibson Dunn in Washington, D.C., takes over for acting Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella. The vacancy opened on Trump’s Cabinet when former labor chief Alexander Acosta resigned in July amid public outcry over his handling of a decade-old plea deal for accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

The Labor Department leadership change comes as the agency is rapidly finalizing a series of regulations supported by businesses. That includes rules to update the overtime pay salary threshold and to expand apprenticeship programs.

Scalia returns to the DOL following a one-year run in the George W. Bush administration as solicitor of labor, the department’s No. 3 ranked official. He was confirmed as labor secretary Sept. 26 on a 53-44 party-line vote.

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