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


  • 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

DOL’s Part 541 Proposal: Next Steps


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


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


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


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


DOL “Springs” Its Part 541 Proposal for Review


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


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


Administration Publishes Fall 2014 Unified Regulatory Agenda


WHD Publishes Final Rule Increasing Federal Contractors’ Minimum Wage


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


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


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


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


President Signs Executive Order on Minimum Wage Increase


More Minimum Wage Increases as the Income Equality Debate Heats Up


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


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


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


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


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


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


Conducting an Effective Internal Wage and Hour Audit


FLSA Lawsuits Continue to Rise


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



Media Quotes

July, 2015 - Bloomberg BNA - "Business Sector: Contractor Guidance May Affect OSHA"
July, 2015 - - "‘Death Spiral’ for Exempt Employees Predicted"
July, 2015 - Employment Law Daily - "FEDERAL REGULATIONS - DOL's proposed white-collar rule open for comments"

Published Works