DOL Nominee: David Weil

Hon. David Weil
Nominated to be the Administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division
Nomination announced: June 3, 2021

David Weil is the dean of the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and previously served as the Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division during the Obama administration; the same post for which he is again nominated.  Weil is the author of “The Fissured Workplace”, which is views the gig economy and franchising business models as being harmful to workers.  During his previous stint at the Wage and Hour Division, Weil led the 2016 overtime rulemaking that was subsequently blocked by a federal court and created a new joint employer standard under the Fair Labor Standards Act that was repealed by Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta.

The Wall Street Journal described David Weil as “a life-long, left-wing academic with labor-union sympathies, no private-sector experience or legal training, and limited management experience. His most notable paper, commissioned by the Bush-era Wage and Hour Division, targets retail, fast-food services and other industries as enforcement priorities. (These industries are also union targets. Coincidence?)”

Nomination Status: After David Weil’s nomination expired at the end of 2021, he was again nominated to be the Administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. On January 13, 2022, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee advanced his nomination to the full Senate on a vote of 11-10.


Additional Resources


COALITION LETTER to Senators Capito and Manchin opposing David Weil Nomination
January 18, 2022, West Virginia Trade Associations

LETTER: Members of Congress to President Joe Biden
Dec. 29, 2021,

Op-ed: Weil doesn’t deserve a second chance on American labor
August 17, 2021, The Hill
Tom Herbert, Americans for Tax Reform

What They Are Saying About David Weil
August 2021, International Franchise Association

PRESS RELEASE: ATR Opposes David Weil For Wage & Hour Division
June 22, 2021, Americans for Tax Reform

BLOG: Does DOL Nominee David Weil Believe in Guilty Until Proven Innocent?
July 15, 2021, Competitive Enterprise Institute

BLOG: Amid an Ongoing Jobs Crisis, David Weil’s Nomination Would Cost Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs
June 23, 2021, FreedomWorks

BLOG: Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me: Franchise Critic David Weil Nominated to Return to the Department of Labor
June 28, 2021, International Franchise Association

OP-ED: Department of Labor Nominee David Weil Would Harm Workers, Small Businesses
June 28, 21, The Center Square
Ross Marchand, Taxpayers Protection Alliance

LETTER: U.S. Chamber Letter on the Nomination of David Weil for the Department of Labor
July 13, 21, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

VIDEO: Senate Nomination Hearing for David Weil
July 15, 2021, U. S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

STATEMENT: Senate HELP Committee Ranking Member Richard Burr
July 15, 2021, U. S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions


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