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Stanton Confirmed as New Administrator of WHD

May 16, 2019


The Department of Labor has announced that Cheryl Marie Stanton has been confirmed by Congress and officially sworn-in by Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta, as the new Administrator of Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD). Stanton has been awaiting confirmation by the Senate since being initially nominated in September 2017.

Before coming to Washington DC, Stanton served in public service as the Executive Director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce. Under her leadership, the jobless rate in South Carolina was at its lowest point in almost 50 years. During this time, Stanton also oversaw the workforce system that helped place over 500,000 South Carolinians in jobs as well as leading two major information technology modernization projects that improved customer service and increased efficiencies for employees. Also, Stanton partnered with her colleague at the Department of Corrections to create the Second Chance job re-entry program for ex-offenders, receiving national accolades.

As the new administrator, Stanton will bring her breadth of experience to the Division, leading efforts in the enforcement of the federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and consumer credit protections. Additionally, overseeing prevailing wage requirements of the Davis Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act and other statutes applicable to Federal contracts for construction and the provision of goods and services.