The Department of Labor (DOL) has confirmed that Lorelei Boylan has withdrawn her nomination for Administrator of the agency’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) for family reasons. The WHD is a sub-agency within the DOL’s Employment Standards Administration (ESA) responsible for enforcing federal labor laws concerning, among other topics, minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, youth employment and special employment, family and medical leave, migrant workers, lie detector tests, worker protections in certain temporary worker programs, and the prevailing wages for government service and construction contracts. President Obama named Boylan as his choice to lead the WHD on April 14, 2009. The WHD is expected to ramp up its enforcement efforts in the coming months, so whoever President Obama nominates in her stead will be charged with hiring and training new compliance officers, among other responsibilities.
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