Retailers Call Acosta Approval a Step Toward Restoring ‘Fairness and Balance’ at DOL

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2017 – The National Retail Federation welcomed today’s committee approval of Alexander Acosta as secretary of labor and said quick confirmation by the full Senate would help bring back balance at an agency where “ideological whims” have blocked job creation.

NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said. “Alexander Acosta will be a pragmatic leader who will put economic reality ahead of ideological whims and restore fairness and balance to the Labor Department. His combination of experience in both public service and the private sector gives him the real-world knowledge of what it takes to protect workers without undermining efforts to grow the economy by putting more Americans to work.”

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted this morning to approve Acosta as secretary of labor, setting the stage for a final vote by the full Senate. NRF sent a letter to the committee earlier this month supporting the nomination and saying labor policies under the Obama administration created “immense uncertainty” for employers on issues such as overtime expansion and joint employer status between companies and subcontractors or franchisees.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

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