Alexander Acosta testifies last month at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The Senate confirmed Acosta as labor secretary on Thursday.
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The exterior of the New York Stock Exchange on Feb. 10. A lobbying battle is being waged over a rule requiring financial advisers to act in their clients' best interest in retirement planning.
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During the presidential campaign, President Trump called the Labor Department's unemployment rate "phony." The first jobs report of his presidency is due out on Friday (though it will largely be a reflection of the end of Obama's term).
Labor Secretary Tom Perez speaks at a governors meeting in July. Under current rules, advisers "say things like 'we put our clients first,' " Perez said this week. Going forward, "this is no longer a slogan. It's the law."
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, pictured in 2015, says, "If you get hurt on [the] job, you still should be able to put food on the table, and these laws are really undermining that basic bargain."
A shopper walks past a store with a "Help Wanted" sign last month in New York. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a 9-cent rise in the average hourly earning rate for October.
A rule from the federal Labor Department will guarantee that regardless of where legally married same-sex spouses live, they can take unpaid time off to care for a spouse or sick relative.