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Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

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Wage and Hour Division - To promote and achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of the nation's workforce.

Acting Administrator
Wage and Hour Division

Alexander J. Passantino

Photo of Acting Administrator Alexander J. Passantino Alexander J. Passantino became acting administrator of the department’s Wage and Hour Division on December 31, 2007. He first joined the department in November 2005 as a senior policy advisor to the assistant secretary for the department’s Employment Standards Administration and has been the Deputy Administrator for Wage and Hour since October 2006.

As deputy administrator, Alex has made a number of significant contributions towards ensuring that the labor standards laws of this country are fully enforced and that working men and women receive the protections that they are entitled to under the law. Alex worked to coordinate Wage and Hour’s response to the many challenges that faced the agency after the 2005 hurricanes.

Before joining the U.S. Department of Labor, Passantino was an associate at Hunton and Williams LLP. Earlier in his career, he was an associate at King and Ballow. His legal experience was concentrated on labor and employment law, including employment discrimination, employment contract disputes, and wage and hour matters.

Passantino received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Emory University and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law. He is a graduate of Regis High School in New York City and lives in Virginia with his wife, Kristin, and their daughter.

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