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Alexander Acosta Replaces Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor Nominee

Within hours of CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder's withdrawal of his candidacy for Secretary of Labor, President Trump announced Alexander Acosta as his replacement. Both hold law degrees, but Acosta does not possess the intimate working knowledge of franchising that Puzder does. If confirmed by the Senate, he will be tackling franchisee and small business issues that are presently on hold.

President Donald Trump named Alexander Acosta, a former U.S. Attorney, to be the next Labor Secretary on Thursday. The pick has major implications for small business owners who face issues like a proposed new overtime regulation — currently on hold — and the minimum wage debate all in which the Department of Labor will doubtless play a role.

…Acosta is a departure from Puzder in many ways.

Where Puzder was expected to call on practical experience, Acosta will have to rely on legal experience as Labor Secretary.

He is currently the dean of the Florida International University College of Law. — Joshua Sophy, Small Business Trends

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