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Alfred B. Robinson, Jr., Acting Administrator, Wage and Hour Division Employment Standards Administration, U. S. Department of Labor
Alfred B. Robinson, Jr. was named the Acting Wage and Hour Administrator effective June 14, 2004. The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Employment Standard Administration 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 for former Wage and Hour Administrator Tammy D. McCutchen.
Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Labor, Mr. Robinson was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives since 1992. Prior to serving in the General Assembly, he worked on the board of the South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority where he focused on job creation and economic development. Mr. Robinson was also Of Counsel to the firm of Wimberly, Lawson, Daniels & Brandon, LLC in Greenville South Carolina, and was active in several family businesses. He practiced law in Upstate South Carolina for 20 years, specializing in labor and employment matters and corporate law. His practice included representing clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, other administrative agencies and various federal and state courts. He regularly advised business clients regarding corporate economic development incentives and employment compliance issues.
Mr. Robinson received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce from Washington and Lee University and his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association and was admitted to practice before the U. S. District Court of South Carolina. He and his wife Sallie have two children, A. Burgess III and Evelyn Frances.