Reprinted from The Hill by Peter Schroeder on December 25, 2016.
The Labor Department under President-elect Donald Trump is facing a dramatic makeover.
After years of high-profile protests for a higher national minimum wage, Trump has selected Andrew Puzder, the man in charge of running fast food chains such as Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., to run the Labor Department.
Puzder is looking to overhaul an agency at the forefront of some of the Obama administration’s most contentious projects.
Under President Obama, the Labor Department has pushed forward a number of initiatives aimed at empowering workers, from raising the minimum wage and providing overtime pay to more workers, to family leave and healthcare. …