Alfred B. Robinson, Jr.

Shareholder Washington D.C.

Mr. Robinson has practiced labor and employment law and advised business clients on employment compliance issues for most of his career.  His practice focuses on wage and hour matters and he is Co-Chair of the firm’s Wage and Hour Practice Group.  His wage and hour practice covers minimum wage, overtime, child labor and recordkeeping requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA), the Service Contract Act (SCA), the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA), and a number of employment standards and worker protections provided in the immigration law.  Also, he counsels employers on a wide variety of compliance issues arising under wage and hour and prevailing wage laws and he represents employers in investigations by federal and state agencies.  Additionally, Mr. Robinson advises employers in defending against wage and hour claims in federal and state courts.  He counsels employers on human resources, employment discrimination and labor relations matters and represents employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, United States Labor Department, and other administrative agencies.

Before joining Ogletree, he served as the acting Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the United States Department of Labor.  WHD administers and enforces a variety of the wage and hour labor standards statutes that are national in scope and that enhance the welfare and protect the rights of the nation’s workers such as the FLSA, DBA, SCA, etc.  Prior to becoming acting Administrator, he served as Deputy Administrator for Policy and as Senior Policy Advisor of the Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor.  Before joining the U.S. Department of Labor, Mr. Robinson was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1992 until 2002.  He also has served on the board of directors for the South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority, a state agency that is focused on job creation and economic development.

Mr. Robinson is a frequent writer, speaker and commentator on a wide range of wage and hour topics.  Additionally, he serves on the personnel committee at his church and is a board member for his homeowners association.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association (ABA Labor & Employment Law Section, and ABA Public Contract Law Section)
  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Associated General Contractors Labor and Employment Law Council


  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Doing Business With the Government: An Update for Government Contractors'' - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''DOL Download: PAID Program and Garnishments'' - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''The Dizzying Array of State and Local Employment Laws: Round 3—Wage and Hour Requirements'' - Boca Raton - November 10, 2017
  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Today’s ADA Challenges: Managing the Expansion of Accommodations'' - Boca Raton - November 09, 2017
  • C4CM Webinar - ''Maintaining Exempt Status: What Employers Need to Know to NOT Jeopardize Exempt Employees’ Classification'' - October 12, 2017
  • Wage & Hour Litigation and Compliance 2017 - ''Ethical Issues Arising in Wage & Hour Self-Audits'' - New York City - March 01, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673: “Responsible Sourcing” or Blacklisting Rulemaking?'' - Washington - May 27, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Knock, Knock, It’s the Government . . . And We Are Here to Help You'' - San Antonio - May 14, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive Seminar - ''Executive Orders Everywhere: All the New Rules in One Place'' - Dana Point - September 19, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''Modernizing the “White Collar” Overtime Regulations: Back to the Future'' - Dana Point - September 19, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Decrypting President Obama's Recent Executive Orders for Federal Contractors'' - July 01, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Calculating Overtime Pay Under the FLSA: Avoiding the Pitfalls'' - Las Vegas - May 09, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Independent Contractor Misclassification: New Federal and State Policy Initiatives and Enforcement Actions'' - Washington - January 16, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''Top Ten Things Government Construction Contractors Need to Know about Prevailing Wage Laws'' - November 01, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - ''The Wonders and Hazards of the Fluctuating Workweek'' - August 01, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''The Ticking Time Clock: A Workshop on Common Wage and Hour Issues'' - New Orleans - May 11, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''DOL Enforcement and Regulatory Priorities—What Does DOL Have in Store for Employers?'' - Washington - February 19, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''The Legislative and Regulatory Agenda for the 113th U.S. Congress'' - Washington - December 05, 2012
  • Southeastern Business Law Institute - ''The Union’s New Role in Business Decision Making, Courtesy of the NLRB'' - Birmingham - October 27, 2011

Published Works


Our Insights

Exempt Employees: What Is the Reasonable Relationship Test and When Does it Exist Between Weekly Salary and Usual Earnings?

November 20, 2018

WHD Conducts Final Listening Session on Part 541 Regulations, Announces March 2019 Target Date for NPRM

October 31, 2018

WHD Issues More Opinion Letters: One Addresses Whether Wellness Activities Constitute Compensable Time

August 30, 2018

The FLSA After 80 Years, Part II: Eight Decades of the Fair Labor Standards Act

July 03, 2018

PAID Update: WHD Releases Supplemental Information on the Self-Audit Program

April 05, 2018

SCOTUS Rules That Car Dealership Service Advisors Are Exempt, Puts the Brakes On Overtime Claims

April 02, 2018

It’s PAID: DOL to Supervise Settlements Again in Cases Voluntarily Disclosed by Employers

March 06, 2018

An Early Groundhog Day: DOL Reissues 17 Opinion Letters That Had Been Withdrawn in 2009

January 08, 2018

DOL’s Tip of the Hat to Back-of-the-House Employees: New NPRM to Rescind 2011 Regs

December 08, 2017

SCA Contractors: Fringe Benefit Rate to Increase With Adjustment for Executive Order 13706

July 28, 2017

Groundhog Day: DOL Issues Request for Information on Enjoined Overtime Rule

July 25, 2017

DOL to Reinstate Issuance of Wage-Hour Opinion Letters

June 27, 2017

The New Apprentice: President Trump’s EO Says “You’re Hired”

June 16, 2017

Acosta Plans to Rescue Overtime Rule with Information Request

June 08, 2017

Congress Boots the "Blacklisting" Regulation and Sends it to the President’s Desk

March 07, 2017

Back to 1981: More Reasonable Salary Levels for the Overtime Regulations

December 29, 2016

House of Representatives Passes Bill to Delay Overtime Rule Effective Date

September 29, 2016

Car Dealership’s Service Advisors’ Overtime Controversy Stalls in the Supreme Court

June 20, 2016

Storm Clouds and Silver Linings for Employers: An Analysis of the DOL’s Final FLSA Part 541 Regulations

May 18, 2016

The DOL's New Final Overtime Rule Is Likely To Be Released on Wednesday

May 16, 2016

OIRA’s Review of the Final Overtime Regs Draws to a Close: Will It Include a Provision to Increase the Salary Automatically?

May 13, 2016

Countdown to the Final Overtime Rule: The Clock Is Ticking on Your Current Exemptions

May 02, 2016

Labor Secretary Testifies Before House Committee but Stays Silent on Overtime Proposal

March 17, 2016

DOL Delivers Final Overtime Regulation Revisions to OIRA Ahead of Schedule

March 15, 2016

Federal Contractors and Paid Sick Leave: The DOL Issues an NPRM

February 24, 2016

Are You a Joint Employer? WHD Issues Guidance in the Form of an Administrator’s Interpretation

January 20, 2016

The DOL’s Fall 2015 Regulatory Agenda: Does it Really Shed Light on the Timing for a Final Overtime Rule?

November 30, 2015

DOL’s Part 541 Proposal: Next Steps

July 08, 2015

The Proposed Overtime Regulations: Are Your White Collar Employees Still Exempt?

June 30, 2015

The Obama Administration’s Proposed “Labor Violation” Reporting Duties Present Challenges for Federal Contractors

June 26, 2015

Contractor Blacklisting: Sweeping “Labor Violation” Reporting Duties in the Proposed “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Guidance and Procurement Rules

June 25, 2015

Hang Up After Hours? The Spring 2015 Regulatory Agenda Tackles This and Other Overtime Issues

June 05, 2015

“Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” Guidance Explains Broad Labor Reporting Requirements for Federal Contractors

May 28, 2015

DOL “Springs” Its Part 541 Proposal for Review

May 05, 2015

The D.C. Wage Theft Law’s Next Steps: DOES Issues Notice and Template

March 03, 2015

The District of Columbia Council Passes Its Own Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act

February 26, 2015

Administration Publishes Fall 2014 Unified Regulatory Agenda

November 26, 2014

WHD Publishes Final Rule Increasing Federal Contractors’ Minimum Wage

October 13, 2014

And the Numbers Are Finally In . . . Wage and Hour Division Releases Enforcement Statistics

October 02, 2014

Your Guide to the Proposed Rules Under Executive Order 13658 Setting a Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

June 18, 2014

Some Surprises in DOL’s Just Issued Spring 2014 Regulatory Agenda

June 03, 2014

Federal Minimum Wage Bill In The Forefront of This Year’s Election Agenda

April 29, 2014

President Signs Executive Order on Minimum Wage Increase

February 13, 2014

More Minimum Wage Increases as the Income Equality Debate Heats Up

January 17, 2014

It’s Confirmed Again—Davis-Bacon Has No Private Right of Action

July 08, 2013

U.S. DOL Suffers Set Back on Tip-Pooling Regulations

June 21, 2013

What’s on the Regulatory Horizon Part Two: Wage and Hour Division Tips Its Hand

February 25, 2013

What’s on the Regulatory Horizon Part One: The DOL’s Strategies on Wage and Hour

February 22, 2013

How to Report Audit Results and Resolve Issues Identified in the Audit

November 07, 2012

Key Issues to Evaluate When Conducting an Internal Wage and Hour Audit

October 08, 2012

Conducting an Effective Internal Wage and Hour Audit

August 13, 2012

FLSA Lawsuits Continue to Rise

July 30, 2012

Your Federal Government is Here to Help—Anatomy of a DOL Audit

July 18, 2012

High Court Rules Pharmaceutical Sales Reps Are Exempt From FLSA's Overtime Requirements

June 18, 2012

DOL Issues Proposed Rules Regarding FMLA Changes for Military Caregivers and Flight Crew

March 06, 2012

Labor Department Update... Minimum Wage, Civil Penalties Increase

August 01, 2008

Congress Faces Heavy-Hitting Legislation - The Winners and Losers

June 01, 2007


Media Quotes

November 21, 2018 - SHRM Online - "Anticipated ‘Regular Rate’ Rule May Clarify How to Calculate Overtime"
November 12, 2018 - SHRM Online - "Revived DOL Guidance Makes It Easier to Claim ‘Tip Credit’"
October 18, 2018 - SHRM Online - "Are Supervisors Who Earn Less than Subordinates Eligible for Overtime Pay?"