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White House Names New Top Wage Regulator at Labor Department (1)

July 27, 2022, 7:23 PMUpdated: July 27, 2022, 9:05 PM

The White House has tapped the current acting chief of the Wage and Hour Division, Jessica Looman, to lead the agency permanently as administrator, according to a Wednesday announcement.

Looman, a former executive director of the Minnesota building trades coalition, was appointed to serve as Principal Deputy Administrator of the wage division in January 2021, but has been leading the agency in an acting capacity since June 2021.

Under her leadership at the Labor Department’s wage division, the agency rolled back the Trump DOL’s joint employer and independent contractor rule last year, and launched new rulemakings on independent contractor status, ...