***UPDATE: The United States Senate confirmed Julie Su to serve as Deputy Labor Secretary on July 13, 2021. Su’s nomination was approved by a vote of 50-47, along party lines.***

***UPDATE: According to a Bloomberg Law Report, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Julie Su on March 16, 2021. We will continue to monitor updates to Su’s nomination as the Deputy Labor Secretary.***

According to a Bloomberg Law report, President Biden plans to nominate Julie Su as the Department of Labor’s Deputy Secretary. Su has already accepted the nomination and a formal announcement of her selection is forthcoming. Su currently serves as Secretary for the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency.

Prior to her current role, Su served as California’s Labor Commissioner from 2011 through 2018. In addition to her public service, Su has spent much of her career working to advance individuals’ civil rights and advocating on behalf of under-represented communities. She was the Litigation Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. She also co-founded Sweatshop Watch, an organization founded to counter inhumane working conditions in sweatshops.

Numerous workers’ rights organizations had advocated for President Biden to nominate Su for the more senior position of Labor Secretary.  Instead, President Biden nominated Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as Secretary. Su’s background working towards advancing equality in the workplace for various marginalized groups will align with much of Mayor Walsh’s advocacy on behalf of workers and is a natural fit in the Biden administration. The Deputy Secretary traditionally is charged with handling the DOL’s day-to-day operations

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Allan S. Bloom is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and advisor who represents management in a broad range of employment and labor law matters. As a litigator, Allan has successfully defended a number of the world’s leading companies against claims for unpaid wages…

Allan S. Bloom is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and advisor who represents management in a broad range of employment and labor law matters. As a litigator, Allan has successfully defended a number of the world’s leading companies against claims for unpaid wages, employment discrimination, breach of contract and wrongful discharge, both at the trial and appellate court levels as well as in arbitration. He has secured complete defense verdicts for clients in front of juries, as well as injunctions to protect clients’ confidential information and assets.

As the leader of Proskauer’s Wage and Hour Practice Group, Allan has been a strategic partner to a number of Fortune 500 companies to help them avoid, minimize and manage exposure to wage and hour-related risk. Allan’s views on wage and hour issues have been featured in The New York TimesReutersBloomberg and Fortune, among other leading publications. His class-action defense work for clients has saved hundreds of millions of dollars in potential damages.

Allan is regularly called on to advise boards of directors and senior leadership on highly sensitive matters such as executive transitions, internal investigations and strategic workforce planning. He also has particular expertise in the financial services industry, where he has litigated and arbitrated cases, including at FINRA and its predecessors, for more than 20 years.
A prolific author and speaker, Allan was the Editor of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Journal from 2012 to 2017. He has served as an author, editor and contributor to a number of leading treatises in the field of employment law, including ADR in Employment Law (ABA/Bloomberg BNA, Senior Editor), Employment Discrimination Law (ABA/Bloomberg BNA, Final Proof Editor), Cutting Edge Advances in Resolving Workplace Disputes (Cornell University/CPR, Editor), The Employment Law Review (Law Business Research, U.S. Chapter Author), and The Complete Compliance and Ethics Manual (SCCE, Chapter Author).

Allan is a member of the NYSBA’s House of Delegates, sits on the Executive Committee of the NYSBA’s Labor and Employment Law Section, and is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He has been recognized as a leading practitioner by Chambers since 2011.