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Democrats want fast-food workers to testify at Trump Labor secretary pick Andy Puzder's hearing

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January 11, 2017   Copyright: Los Angeles Times

An analysis in September by Bloomberg BNA found that about 60% of Labor Department investigations of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants since 2009 turned up at least one violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which covers minimum wage, overtime and other regulations. Still, that was one of the best performances by leading fast-food outlets. “Mr. Puzder's tenure at CKE and his company's treatment of thousands of working families ‘bear directly’ on his qualifications and suitability to serve as secretary of Labor,” the senators wrote. They added that if confirmed, Puzder “would be responsible for overseeing the enforcement of many of the labor laws his company has repeatedly violated.” In a letter released Friday, Alexander wrote back to the senators saying he would not change committee precedent used for nominees of presidents Obama, George W. Bush and others. At those confirmation hearings, the ...

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