Inside Labor Department Policy with Secretary Scalia

Advocacy@Work

Perhaps no official in Washington or the entire country has as much impact on workplace policy than the Secretary of Labor. The Labor Department has jurisdiction over wage and hour standards, unemployment insurance benefits, reemployment services, foreign labor certification and reporting on key economic data. The Labor Secretary also serves as a key advisor to the President on economic issues.

U.S. Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia will provide remarks on the department’s busy agenda and outlook for 2020. Scalia will then sit down with SHRM President and CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. for a deeper dive into the issues that impact work, worker and the workplace. 

Secretary Scalia previously served as Solicitor of Labor, the Department of Labor’s principal legal officer. Before his service in the Labor Department, Scalia was a lawyer with a national reputation as an expert in labor and employment law and in administrative and regulatory law.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, March 16, 2020 - 9:00am to 9:30am
Presenter: 

Secretary Eugene Scalia

Eugene
Scalia

Secretary Scalia previously served as Solicitor of Labor, the Department of Labor's principal legal officer, working for Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao as a member of President George W. Bush's Administration. As Solicitor, he pursued initiatives to protect low-wage workers, reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens, and enhance enforcement of workplace safety laws. He worked closely with Secretary Chao on matters such as the Department's efforts seeking to recover the losses of employees and retirees in Enron's pension plans, and resolving a costly labor dispute at the West Coast Ports.

Prior to his confirmation as Secretary of Labor, Secretary Scalia was a lawyer with a national reputation as an expert in labor and employment law and in administrative and regulatory law.

Secretary Scalia served as a speechwriter to U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett during the Reagan Administration. During the Administration of President George H.W. Bush, Scalia received the Department of Justice's Edmund J. Randolph Award while serving as a Special Assistant to Attorney General William P. Barr.

Secretary Scalia has served as a lecturer in labor and employment law at the University of Chicago Law School, and as an adjunct professor at the David A. Clarke School of Law with the University of the District of Columbia.

Secretary Scalia is a graduate with distinction from the University of Virginia. He studied law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he graduated cum laude and served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review.

Secretary Scalia and his wife Trish have seven children.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP

Johnny C.
Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest HR professional society. As a global leader on human capital, culture and leadership, Mr. Taylor is a sought-after voice on all matters affecting work, workers and the workplace. He is frequently asked to testify before Congress on critical workforce issues and authors a weekly column, “Ask HR,” in USA Today.

Mr. Taylor’s career spans over 20 years as a lawyer, human resources executive and CEO in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space. He has held senior and chief executive roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, Viacom’s Paramount Pictures and Blockbuster Entertainment Group, McGuireWoods LLC and Compass Group USA. Most recently, Mr. Taylor was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

He serves on the corporate board of Gallup; on the boards of the University of Miami, Jobs for America’s Graduates and the American Red Cross; and as an adviser to Safe Streets & Second Chances. In 2018, he was appointed by President Trump to chair the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He holds both a JD and an MA from Drake University and a BS from the University of Miami. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

This speaker is a member of the SHRM Speakers Bureau.

Location: 
Renaissance Ballroom
Session Type: 
General Session
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