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John P. Furfaro and Risa SalinsJohn P. Furfaro and Risa Salins ()

The Trump administration is uniquely positioned to effect major changes in labor and employment law. This is the first time since President Dwight D. Eisenhower that a Republican president has taken office with a Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Senate. This week President Donald Trump announced his nominee for U.S. Supreme Court justice, conservative Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch, who would restore the United States’ highest court to a Republican majority. He also has the opportunity to fill many vacancies within the labor and employment agencies and divisions of the federal government. It is expected that the Trump administration will, without much difficulty, be able to undo a number of employee protections put in place under the Obama administration because President Barack Obama often relied on executive orders and administrative rulemaking instead of Congressional lawmaking. These factors have provided President Trump with the opportunity to scale back many of President Obama’s efforts. This month’s column focuses on significant changes that may occur at four key federal labor and employment agencies.

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