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News Release

OPA News Release: [06/02/2004]
Contact Name: Lisa Kruska
Phone Number: (202) 693-4647

Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao Announces Al Robinson as Acting Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division

South Carolinian Named to High Labor Post

WASHINGTON—U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao has announced that Alfred Burgess Robinson, Jr. will become the Acting Administrator of the Department’s Wage and Hour Division effective June 14, 2004.

“As the Deputy Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, Al has made a significant contribution to overseeing the development of important labor law policies that greatly improve the daily lives of America’s workers,” said Chao. “I am pleased that he has agreed to assume the acting position of Administrator to ensure that workers receive the wages and protections they are entitled to under the laws administered by the Wage and Hour Division.”

The Wage and Hour Division is responsible for administering programs relating to the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, migrant and seasonal agricultural workers and immigration statutes, various government contract wage laws, and other laws establishing labor standards.

Before joining the Department of Labor in March 2001, Robinson served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, was active in family businesses in Easley, South Carolina, and practiced law with Wimberly, Lawson Daniels & Brandon, LLC in Greenville, South Carolina. His legal experience concentrated on labor and employment law including affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and wage and hour matters. Prior to serving in the South Carolina General Assembly, Robinson served on the board of the South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority where he focused on job creation and economic development.

Robinson holds a Bachelor of Science with Special Attainments in Commerce from Washington & Lee University and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Robinson, his wife Sallie, and two children live in Virginia.

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