Rep. Hilda Solis will be Obama’s Labor Secretary

Jason Morris

The Society for Human Resource Management reported last week that Rep. Hilda Solis (D-CA) will be the new United States Secretary of Labor.

According to SHRM:

Solis is the only Hispanic woman named to serve on Obama’s cabinet. Her nomination was unexpected, political observers say, because Solis built a reputation during her four terms in the House of Representatives as an advocate for the environment and immigration and has not concentrated on workplace or labor issues. Organized labor groups had been urging the Obama transition team to name a high profile labor advocate, such as Linda Chavez-Thompson, former executive vice president of the AFL-CIO and a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee.

While it may be obvious where she stands on immigration, the jury is still out on her stance on E-Verify.  The most important issue she will face is the admistrations stance on the forthcoming Card Check Law also called the Employee Free Choice Act.  Any background screening issues will likely take a back seat to these two important issues, at least for the foreseeable future.  Be sure to check employeescreen University regularly for updates!

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Jason Morris

President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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