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Senate begins confirming Obama’s HR-related Cabinet nominees

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Even before President Obama took the oath of office at noon yesterday, U.S. senators were preparing to confirm his nominees to head the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Labor and Justice—the federal agencies with the greatest impact on HR and employment law.

The Senate yesterday confirmed former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as secretary of homeland security. It could vote as early as this afternoon to confirm Rep. Hilda Solis as secretary of labor and Eric Holder as attorney general.

All three have testified before Senate committees within the last two weeks, and Obama formally nominated them yesterday after taking office.

The Department of Labor (DOL) is in charge of enforcing a host of wage-and-hour, workplace safety and other laws affecting employers and workers. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for securing the nation’s borders and enforces employment eligibility verification rul...(register to read more)

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