Number Two DOL Official Outlines Department Priorities at HR Policy Spring Labor and Employment Conference

May 17, 2019

Pat Pizzella, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Labor, emphasized to the Association the Department’s commitment to deregulation, enforcement, and compliance assistance through the renewed use of opinion letters and other tools.

“The Department has four key objectives in compliance assistance,” Mr. Pizzella noted.  “First, outreach to employers and trade associations.  Second, building a compliance culture among employers.  Third, using data to facilitate and improve compliance.  And fourth, relaunching new tools, including,, and eLaws.”

John Steele, Chair of HR Policy’s Labor Relations Advisory Board and Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer at HCA Healthcare, reminded the conference that amid significant challenges: “Our issues are not yet being driven by autonomous vehicles.  We still get to play a role in these strategies using our uniquely human skills and judgment.”

Johnna Torsone, Chair of the Association's Employment Rights Committee and Chief Human Resources Officer at Pitney Bowes Inc., topped off the day with a lively panel on how companies are charting a course in the digital workplace, featuring perspectives from Mark Aaron, Vice President, Corporate Labor Relations at United Parcel Service, Inc., and Alan Wild, Director of Global Affairs for HR Policy.

The view from the NLRB: Roger King, Senior Labor and Employment Counsel for the Association, interviewed National Labor Relations Board officials on their perspectives and outlook on pressing issues.  Patricia Dunn, Partner at Jones Day, and Thomas Beck, Vice President, Labor & Employee Relations at HCA Healthcare, gave their reactions.

Data privacy examined: Samuel Estreicher, Director of the Center for Labor and Employment Law at the New York University School of Law, moderated a panel on data privacy issues with Efrat R. Schulman, Partner at Jones Day, Craig R. Thorstenson, Partner at FordHarrison, and Daniel Chasen, Director of Research and Publications at HR Policy.