Alfred B. Robinson, Jr.

Shareholder Washington D.C.

Mr. Robinson has practiced labor and employment law and advised business clients on employment compliance issues since 1981. His practice included representing clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, United States Labor Department, other administrative agencies and various federal and state courts.  Before joining Ogletree Deakins, he served as the acting Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the United States Department of Labor. WHD administers and enforces a variety of labor standards statutes that are national in scope and that enhance the welfare and protect the rights of the nation’s workers. These laws include the minimum wage, overtime, child labor and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Davis-Bacon Act, the Service Contract Act, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, field sanitation and housing standards in the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and a number of employment standards and worker protections provided in the immigration law.  Prior to becoming acting Administrator, he served as Deputy Administrator for Policy and as Senior Policy Advisor of the Wage and Hour Division.

Before joining the U.S. Department of Labor, Mr. Robinson was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1992 until 2002.  He also has served on the board of directors for the South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority where he focused on job creation and economic development.


Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association (Section of Labor & Employment Law Federal Labor Standards Legislation; Section of Public Contract Law)
  • South Carolina Bar Association

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673: “Responsible Sourcing” or Blacklisting Rulemaking?'' - Washington - May, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Knock, Knock, It’s the Government . . . And We Are Here to Help You'' - San Antonio - May, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive Seminar - ''Executive Orders Everywhere: All the New Rules in One Place'' - Dana Point - September, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Modernizing the “White Collar” Overtime Regulations: Back to the Future'' - Dana Point - September, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Decrypting President Obama's Recent Executive Orders for Federal Contractors'' - July, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Calculating Overtime Pay Under the FLSA: Avoiding the Pitfalls'' - Las Vegas - May, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Independent Contractor Misclassification: New Federal and State Policy Initiatives and Enforcement Actions'' - Washington - January, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Top Ten Things Government Construction Contractors Need to Know about Prevailing Wage Laws'' - November, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''The Wonders and Hazards of the Fluctuating Workweek'' - August, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''The Ticking Time Clock: A Workshop on Common Wage and Hour Issues'' - New Orleans - May, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''DOL Enforcement and Regulatory Priorities—What Does DOL Have in Store for Employers?'' - Washington - February, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''The Legislative and Regulatory Agenda for the 113th U.S. Congress'' - Washington - December, 2012
  • Southeastern Business Law Institute - ''The Union’s New Role in Business Decision Making, Courtesy of the NLRB'' - Birmingham - October, 2011

Our Insights

The Proposed Overtime Regulations: Are Your White Collar Employees Still Exempt?

06/30/2015

The Obama Administration’s Proposed “Labor Violation” Reporting Duties Present Challenges for Federal Contractors

06/26/2015

Hang Up After Hours? The Spring 2015 Regulatory Agenda Tackles This and Other Overtime Issues

06/05/2015

“Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Guidance Explains Broad Labor Reporting Requirements for Federal Contractors

05/28/2015

DOL “Springs” Its Part 541 Proposal for Review

05/05/2015

The D.C. Wage Theft Law’s Next Steps: DOES Issues Notice and Template

03/03/2015

The District of Columbia Council Passes Its Own Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act

02/26/2015

Administration Publishes Fall 2014 Unified Regulatory Agenda

11/26/2014

WHD Publishes Final Rule Increasing Federal Contractors’ Minimum Wage

10/13/2014

And the Numbers Are Finally In . . . Wage and Hour Division Releases Enforcement Statistics

10/02/2014

Your Guide to the Proposed Rules Under Executive Order 13658 Setting a Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

06/18/2014

Some Surprises in DOL’s Just Issued Spring 2014 Regulatory Agenda

06/03/2014

Federal Minimum Wage Bill In The Forefront of This Year’s Election Agenda

04/29/2014

President Signs Executive Order on Minimum Wage Increase

02/13/2014

More Minimum Wage Increases as the Income Equality Debate Heats Up

01/17/2014

It’s Confirmed Again—Davis-Bacon Has No Private Right of Action

07/08/2013

U.S. DOL Suffers Set Back on Tip-Pooling Regulations

06/21/2013

What’s on the Regulatory Horizon Part Two: Wage and Hour Division Tips Its Hand

02/25/2013

What’s on the Regulatory Horizon Part One: The DOL’s Strategies on Wage and Hour

02/22/2013

How to Report Audit Results and Resolve Issues Identified in the Audit

11/07/2012

Key Issues to Evaluate When Conducting an Internal Wage and Hour Audit

10/08/2012

Conducting an Effective Internal Wage and Hour Audit

08/13/2012

FLSA Lawsuits Continue to Rise

07/30/2012

Your Federal Government is Here to Help—Anatomy of a DOL Audit

07/18/2012

Media

Media Quotes

July, 2015 - Corporate Counsel - "Big Changes in Overtime Pay, Big Challenges for Companies"
June, 2015 - Law360 - "Final OT Rule May Go Beyond Salary Hike, Lawyers Say"
March, 2015 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Supreme Court Eliminates Notice-and-Comments for Some Agency Interpretations"

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