Wage & Hour admin nominee clears key Senate committee

Cheryl Stanton is one step closer to becoming administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Oct. 18 voted along party lines—Republicans in favor, Democrats opposed—to confirm Stanton’s nomination.

Next up: An as-yet-to-be-scheduled confirmation vote before the full Senate.

Stanton currently serves as the executive director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, a position she has held since 2013. Before that, she worked as a labor and employment attorney in both the public and private sector.

If confirmed as WHD administrator, Stanton will head the agency charged with enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act and other key employment laws. The WHD employs approximately 1,700 workers, with an annual budget of about $227 million.

The Trump administration has already announced its intention to focus WHD initiatives on “investigating employers with the most serious violations rather than burdening compliant employers with investigations that do not uncover compliance problems.”