The long-vacant position of administrator of the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) has been filled by the Senate's confirmation of David Weil.
Weil was the principal investigator for a report submitted to the DOL in May 2010 titled "Improving Workplace Conditions through Strategic Enforcement: Report to the Wage and Hour Division Strategic Enforcement." In the report, he argued for expanded litigation and a stiffer penalty policy to prevent noncompliance by employers with the nation's labor laws.
Weil, a Boston University professor and Harvard University researcher, was nominated by President Obama iin Septmeber 2013. The post had remained vacant since Obama took office. Weil will take a leave of absence from BU to fill the vacancy.