Acosta Departure Paves Way For Pro-Biz Shift At DOL

By Braden Campbell (July 12, 2019, 8:56 PM EDT) -- U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta is stepping down from the agency in favor of second-in-command Patrick Pizzella in a changing of the guard that signals a more aggressively pro-business stance from the nation's wage law enforcer.

Acosta, who said Friday he's leaving next week following a torrent of criticism over his plea deal with sex-trafficking suspect Jeffery Epstein a decade ago, irked some business leaders with a calculated manner that slowed the pace of change in the Frances Perkins Building.

Deputy Labor Secretary Pizzella, a Washington veteran, will be more willing to "hit the gas" once he assumes the...

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