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 27, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Knock, Knock, It’s the Government . . . And We Are Here to Help You'' - San Antonio - May 14, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive Seminar - ''Executive Orders Everywhere: All the New Rules in One Place'' - Dana Point - September 19, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Modernizing the “White Collar” Overtime Regulations: Back to the Future'' - Dana Point - September 19, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Decrypting President Obama's Recent Executive Orders for Federal Contractors'' - July 01, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Calculating Overtime Pay Under the FLSA: Avoiding the Pitfalls'' - Las Vegas - May 09, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Independent Contractor Misclassification: New Federal and State Policy Initiatives and Enforcement Actions'' - Washington - January 16, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Top Ten Things Government Construction Contractors Need to Know about Prevailing Wage Laws'' - November 01, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''The Wonders and Hazards of the Fluctuating Workweek'' - August 01, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''The Ticking Time Clock: A Workshop on Common Wage and Hour Issues'' - New Orleans - May 11, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''DOL Enforcement and Regulatory Priorities—What Does DOL Have in Store for Employers?'' - Washington - February 19, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''The Legislative and Regulatory Agenda for the 113th U.S. Congress'' - Washington - December 05, 2012
  • Southeastern Business Law Institute - ''The Union’s New Role in Business Decision Making, Courtesy of the NLRB'' - Birmingham - October 27, 2011

Our Insights

The DOL’s Fall 2015 Regulatory Agenda: Does it Really Shed Light on the Timing for a Final Overtime Rule?

November 30, 2015

DOL’s Part 541 Proposal: Next Steps

July 08, 2015

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

June 30, 2015

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

June 26, 2015

Contractor Blacklisting: Sweeping “Labor Violation” Reporting Duties in the Proposed “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Guidance and Procurement Rules

June 25, 2015

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

June 05, 2015

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

May 28, 2015

DOL “Springs” Its Part 541 Proposal for Review

May 05, 2015

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

March 03, 2015

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

February 26, 2015

Administration Publishes Fall 2014 Unified Regulatory Agenda

November 26, 2014

WHD Publishes Final Rule Increasing Federal Contractors’ Minimum Wage

October 13, 2014

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

October 02, 2014

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

June 18, 2014

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

June 03, 2014

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

April 29, 2014

President Signs Executive Order on Minimum Wage Increase

February 13, 2014

More Minimum Wage Increases as the Income Equality Debate Heats Up

January 17, 2014

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

July 08, 2013

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

June 21, 2013

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

February 25, 2013

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

February 22, 2013

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

November 07, 2012

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

October 08, 2012

Conducting an Effective Internal Wage and Hour Audit

August 13, 2012

FLSA Lawsuits Continue to Rise

July 30, 2012

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

July 18, 2012


Media Quotes

November 13, 2015 - SHRM Online - "Late Release of Overtime Rule Could Mean Short Implementation Period"
October 26, 2015 - SHRM Online - "Employer Self-Audits of Exempt Status Aren’t Universal"

Published Works