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.

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Education

  • J.D., University of South Carolina, 1981
  • B.S., Washington and Lee University, 1977

Admittance to Practice

  • South Carolina
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

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

Speeches

  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Wage and Hour Power Hour: Overtime and Other Happenings" - Las Vegas - May 2, 2019
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "DOL Download: PAID Program and Garnishments" - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Doing Business With the Government: An Update for Government Contractors" - 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 9, 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 1, 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 - "Modernizing the “White Collar” Overtime Regulations: Back to the Future" - Dana Point - September 19, 2014
  • 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 Webinar - "Decrypting President Obama's Recent Executive Orders for Federal Contractors" - July 1, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Calculating Overtime Pay Under the FLSA: Avoiding the Pitfalls" - Las Vegas - May 9, 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 1, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Webinar - "The Wonders and Hazards of the Fluctuating Workweek" - August 1, 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 5, 2012
  • Southeastern Business Law Institute - "The Union’s New Role in Business Decision Making, Courtesy of the NLRB" - Birmingham - October 27, 2011
  • March 14, 2019 - HR Dive - "3 things for HR to do before new overtime rules drop"
  • March 11, 2019 - SHRM Online - "Federal Overtime Rule Proposal Revives Debate on Fair Salary Cutoff"
  • March 11, 2019 - SHRM Online - "Proposed Federal Overtime Rule Doesn’t Include Automatic Adjustments"
  • March 7, 2019 - SHRM Online - "Employers Can’t Ignore State Overtime Exemption Rules"
  • March 5, 2019 - SHRM Online - "Don’t Forget to Review Duties Tests for Overtime Exemptions"
  • February 25, 2019 - SHRM Online - "Will a New Federal Overtime Rule Have Multiple Salary Thresholds?"
  • January 29, 2019 - Politico - "Shutdown cost economy more than half Trump's border wall ask"
  • 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?"
  • October 18, 2018 - Bloomberg BNA - "Pending ‘Joint Employer’ Rule Raises Questions of DOL Authority"
  • August 28, 2018 - Bloomberg BNA - "Opinion Letters Clarify Labor Department Views on Pay, Leave (2)"
  • June 12, 2018 - SHRM Online - "Rely on Interviews, Not Job Descriptions, for FLSA Audits"
  • May 8, 2018 - Bloomberg BNA - "Trump Administration Wants to Train Teens in ‘Hazardous’ Jobs"
  • April 2, 2018 - Law360 - "High Court Endorses Broader View Of FLSA Exemptions"
  • April 2, 2018 - SHRM Online - "Supreme Court Jettisons Narrow Interpretation of Overtime Exemptions"
  • March 16, 2018 - SHRM Online - "Self-Audit in Response to DOL PAID Pilot Program"
  • March 7, 2018 - Law360 - "4 Questions About DOL's Self-Audit Plan For Wage Violations"
  • February 5, 2018 - Law360 - "Outcry Over Tip Reg Rollback Grows As Comments Close"
  • December 4, 2017 - SHRM Online - "What Would a New FLSA Overtime Rule Look Like?"
  • November 21, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Break Policy that Had Workers Sprinting to Bathroom Struck Down"
  • October 30, 2017 - SHRM Online - "DOL Calls for Temporary Halt on Overtime Rule Case"
  • October 5, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Supreme Court to Reconsider Whether Car Service Advisors Are Exempt"
  • July 31, 2017 - Bloomberg BNA - "Punching In: More on Joint Employer, Overtime, Auto Organizing"
  • July 26, 2017 - SHRM Online - "DOL Asks if Multiple Salary Levels for Overtime Exemptions Are a Good Idea"
  • July 25, 2017 - Bloomberg BNA - "Labor Department Goes Live With Request for Overtime Rule Input"
  • July 19, 2017 - HR Dive - "Overtime, joint employment and more: A wage and hour preview"
  • July 5, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Revival of Opinion Letters Signals DOL Will Listen to Employers More Closely"
  • July 5, 2017 - SHRM Online - "DOJ Abandons Defense of Increased Salary Level in 2016 Overtime Rule"
  • June 28, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Labor Department Seeks More Information on Overtime Rule"
  • June 12, 2017 - Bloomberg BNA - "Wage-Hour Enforcement Erratic With No Trump Appointment Yet"
  • June 9, 2017 - Business Insurance - "Revised update to federal overtime rule being considered"
  • March 20, 2017 - SHRM Online - "EEO-1 Pay Reporting, Overtime Rule May Be Repealed Following Trump Order"
  • January 18, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Overtime Rule May Still Partially Apply"
  • January 5, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Blocking of Overtime Rule Was a Misttake, DOL and DOJ Say"
  • January 3, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Top 7 Workplace Legal Trends for 2017"
  • December 9, 2016 - SHRM Online - "Congress May Use Review Act to Nullify Overtime Rule"
  • December 6, 2016 - SHRM Online - "DOL Seeks Expedited Review of Overtime Appeal"
  • December 5, 2016 - SHRM Online - "Trump Faces Choice on Overtime Appeal"
  • December 1, 2016 - SHRM Online - "Overtime Rule Hang-Up Requires Careful Communication About Pay Decisions"
  • December 1, 2016 - SHRM Online - "DOL Appeals Overtime Rule Injunction"
  • December 1, 2016 - SHRM Online - "DOL Seeks to Expedite Appeal of Overtime Rule Injunction"
  • November 28, 2016 - PEO Outpost - "Federal Judge Halts Overtime Rule"
  • November 28, 2016 - PEO Outpost - "Federal Judge Halts Overtime Rule"
  • November 28, 2016 - PEO Outpost - "Federal Judge Halts Overtime Rule"
  • November 23, 2016 - SHRM Online - "The Overtime Rule Has Been Blocked. Now What?"
  • November 23, 2016 - Bloomberg BNA - "Employers Wrestle With Whether to Cancel Overtime Rule Plans"
  • November 23, 2016 - Law360 - "Blocked Overtime Rule Leaves Employers With Pay Dilemma"
  • November 23, 2016 - IMA - "Federal Judge Halts Overtime Rule"
  • November 23, 2016 - High Beam Research - "New Overtime Rules Halted"
  • November 22, 2016 - SHRM Online - "Federal Judge Halts Overtime Rule"
  • November 17, 2016 - SHRM Online - "Court’s Decision on Overtime Rule Expected Soon"
  • November 14, 2016 - SHRM Online - "What the Donald Trump Presidency Could Mean for the FLSA Overtime Rule"
  • November 14, 2016 - Bloomberg BNA - "Election Has Employers Rethinking Overtime Rule Plans"
  • November 10, 2016 - Bloomberg BNA - "Trump's Wage and Hour Division Likely to Reverse Course"
  • November 7, 2016 - Newsday - "Complying with the new overtime-pay rule"
  • November 1, 2016 - SHRM Online - "More Questions About the Overtime Rule Answered"
  • September 21, 2016 - SHRM Online - "Multiple States and Business Groups Challenge Overtime Rule"
  • September 2, 2016 - SHRM Online - "Litigation Results in Employers Yanking Away Unpaid Internships"
  • August 23, 2016 - SHRM Online - "Presidential Election Will Decide Fate of Overtime Rule"
  • June 27, 2016 - SHRM Online - "Will Congress Apply the Overtime Rule to Itself?"
  • May 19, 2016 - SHRM Online - "Overtime Rule May Be Subject to Legal Challenges"
  • April 18, 2016 - SHRM Online - "Overtime Rule Issued; Salary Level to Increase Every Three Years"
  • February 17, 2016 - SHRM Online - "Final Overtime Rule's Release Date Remains Uncertain"
  • January 21, 2016 - SHRM.org - "Are You a Joint Employer?"
  • January 20, 2016 - Employment Law Daily - "Joint Employment the DOL's Way 'As Broad As Possible’"
  • November 13, 2015 - SHRM Online - "Late Release of Overtime Rule Could Mean Short Implementation Period"
  • November 10, 2015 - Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report - "Home Care Industry Braces for DOL Wage Enforcement"
  • October 26, 2015 - SHRM Online - "Employer Self-Audits of Exempt Status Aren’t Universal"
  • October 13, 2015 - SHRM.org - "4 Tips for Allowing Nonexempt Employees to Telecommute"
  • July 15, 2015 - Bloomberg BNA - "Business Sector: Contractor Guidance May Affect OSHA"
  • July 8, 2015 - SHRM.org - "‘Death Spiral’ for Exempt Employees Predicted"
  • July 6, 2015 - Employment Law Daily - "FEDERAL REGULATIONS - DOL's proposed white-collar rule open for comments"
  • July 2, 2015 - Corporate Counsel - "Big Changes in Overtime Pay, Big Challenges for Companies"
  • June 30, 2015 - Law360 - "Final OT Rule May Go Beyond Salary Hike, Lawyers Say"
  • March 9, 2015 - Ogletree Deakins Blog Post - "Supreme Court Eliminates Notice-and-Comments for Some Agency Interpretations"
  • April 30, 2014 - Law360 - "Ramped-Up Enforcement Expected Under New DOL Wage Chief"
  • November 2013 - Practical Law: The Journal - "GC Agenda: New FLSA Domestic Service Regulations"
  • September 17, 2013 - Law360 - "'Living Wage' Bill Highlights New Worker Rights Battleground"
  • June 19, 2012 - Law360 - "Drug Rep Ruling May Give Employers More Ammo In OT Suits"
  • June 13, 2012 - SHRM.org - "Surprise DOL Visits On The Rise"
  • June 2012 - Thompson Publishing Group - "Off-Hours Mobile Device Use Can Rack Up Overtime"
  • March 8, 2012 - USA Today - "Fewer Unpaid Internships To Be Offered"
  • February 1, 2011 - Inside Counsel - "ABA, DOL Partnership Helps Employees Pursue Wage and Hour Claims"
  • January 1, 2011 - Employer's Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act Newsletter - "DOL Collected $173 Million in Back Pay in FY 2009 Following Recent Release of Agency-Wide Strategic Plan, DOL Restates Commitment to Worker Rights"
  • December 1, 2010 - Employer's Guide to the Fair Labor Standards Act Newsletter - "DOL Plan Forecasts Continued Focus on Misclassification, Vulnerable Workers"
  • November 30, 2010 - Law360 - "3 Wage-and-Hour Targets for Collective Action"
  • November 19, 2010 - Law360 - "Paycheck Fairness Down, but Not Totally Out"
  • May 28, 2010 - Law360 - "Steering Clear of Legal Pitfalls in Hiring Unpaid Interns"
  • February 14, 2008 - SHRM.org - "SHRM Raises Concerns on Mandated Leave for First Responders"

Insights by Alfred B. Robinson, Jr.