David Weil Confirmed for Department of Labor Position
Obama taps Weil to lead Wage and Hour Division
In his new job as administrator of the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, David Weil will be responsible for enforcing laws designed to protect the nation’s workers. Weil, an expert in labor market policy and industrial and labor relations, and the Peter and Deborah Wexler Professor in Management, was recently confirmed by the US Senate to lead the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.
In his new role, Weil will oversee a division that ensures American workers are adequately compensated for the work they do by being paid the minimum wage and required overtime compensation. The division also protects responsible employers from competition with companies that do not comply with federal wage and hour requirements by enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act, which is also responsible for regulating child labor. Weil will also be in charge of overseeing compliance with the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act, and employment standards and worker protections as provided in several immigration-related statutes.
Nominated to the post by President Obama last September, Weil was confirmed by a 51-42 vote by the US Senate in late April and sworn in on May 5. He says he was “incredibly honored” by his confirmation.
“The laws that the Wage and Hour Division administers cover about 135 million workers, and so we have to think about how we use our resources and tools to make laws happen in practice,” said Weil, during a recent phone interview from his new office in Washington, DC. “We have to figure out how do we use our outreach to the public, our tools of enforcement, and how do we educate workers on what their rights are under the laws, as well teach employers what their duties are?”
Since arriving at BU in 1992, Weil, a professor of markets, public policy, and law, has been the recipient of SMG’s Broderick Prize in Research and Broderick Prize for Teaching, as well as the Shingo Prize for Research on Manufacturing Innovations. He was chosen as SMG’s Best MBA Instructor of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He has been the codirector and a senior research fellow at the Transparency Policy Project at the Ash Institute at the Harvard Kennedy School since 2002 and a research fellow at Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program since 1987.