On December 8, 2016, president-elect Donald Trump selected Andrew F. Puzder as nominee for Secretary of Labor. Since 2000 he has served as CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc., which is the parent company of the Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s restaurant chains. He received his juris doctorate from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, MO. He served as Economic Adviser and spokesmen for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2012.
It is unknown what his specific views are of the OFCCP’s federal affirmative action regulations, but over the years he has been a strong critic of government overreach. Specifically he has argued against efforts to raise the federal minimum wage and opposed the new rule that would increase the number of employees eligible for overtime. The Secretary of Labor will appoint the new Director of the OFCCP sometime next year. In 2009, during president Obama’s presidential transition, the Director of the OFCCP assumed office in October. We will keep you posted on any new developments.