Andrew F. Puzder
 
 
 
 
Secretary of Labor
Andrew F. Puzder

Andrew Franklin "Andy" Puzder (born July 11, 1950) is the chief executive of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr. He received his Juris doctorate in 1978 from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis where he served as senior editor on the Law Review. Puzder has served as president and CEO of CKE since September 2000. On December 8, 2016, Puzder was named as President-elect Donald Trump's planned nominee for United States Secretary of Labor.
Andrew F. Puzder Facts
  • Puzder has been critical of raising the federal minimum wage, arguing that it would increase costs for consumers, and increase automation, leading to fewer jobs. He also opposed a Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime pay.
  • Puzder also supports repealing the Affordable Care Act and has been critical of paid sick leave policies.
  • Speaking to Business Insider in 2016, Puzder said that increased automation could be a welcome development because machines were "always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there's never a slip-and-fall or an age, sex, or race discrimination case."
  • He backed comprehensive immigration reform in 2013.
Opinion

Oh no, the boss from hell. No increase in the minimum wage, no overtime pay, no paid sick leave....oy ve. This guy reminds me of one of those bosses you read about in old New York City where these guys would run sweat shops, requiring long hours, little pay, and abhorrent working conditions. Good things regulations are in place to prevent him from going that direction.
Secretary of Labor

The United States Secretary of Labor is a member of the Cabinet of the United States, and as the head of the U.S. Department of Labor, exercises control over the department, and enforces and suggests laws involving unions, the workplace, and all other issues involving any form of business-person controversies. There used to be a U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Labor, who led this department with the U.S. Department of Commerce, which is now headed by a separate U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Seven women have served as Secretary of Labor, which is more than any other cabinet position.
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