EEOC’s New Republican Leaders Could Drop Push for Broader Pay Data Collection

Victoria Lipnic, the acting chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on Thursday suggested the agency under a Republican majority may not continue to push for pay data collection efforts that target the wage gap, a day after a lawsuit slammed a decision by the Trump administration to scuttle a reporting requirement. Two nominees Janet Dhillon and Daniel Gade are awaiting U.S. Senate confirmation.

      
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A Day Earlier, Al Franken Was Talking About Sexual Harassment. Here’s What He Said.

U.S. Sen. Al Franken came under fire Thursday after a radio newscaster recounted being groped and kissed by the former comedian during a U.S.O. tour of the Middle East in 2006, three years before the Minnesota Democrat took office. Less than 24 hours earlier, Franken was speaking out about sexual harassment to make his case against forced arbitration clauses in employment contracts that can silence victims of abuse.

      
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Wilmer Lawyer, Trump Pick for Trade Compliance Head, Reveals Salary, Clients

A Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr counsel in Washington who specializes in regulatory and government affairs plans to divest interests in six major U.S. companies if he’s confirmed to lead enforcement and compliance efforts at the U.S. Commerce Department. Kessler said in his ethics agreement he would divest holdings in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., Ford Motor Co., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Microsoft Corp., Walt Disney Co. and Zimmer Biomet within 90 days of his confirmation.

      
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Dechert’s Steven Bradbury, Rebuked in Senate, Is Confirmed as Transportation GC

Steven Bradbury, a Dechert litigation partner in Washington and former top U.S. Justice Department lawyer, narrowly won confirmation Tuesday as general counsel to the U.S. Transportation Department after a rebuke for his role in writing memos that justified the use of harsh tactics against detainees in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

      
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