Thomas E. Perez was sworn in as the new United States Secretary of Labor on July 23, 2013. Nominated by President Barack Obama for his extensive experience and lifetime of public service, Perez is the 26th person to hold this position.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “Perez brings to the U.S. Department of Labor a commitment to ensure workers' rights to safe and healthful workplaces, fair wages, more opportunity for people with disabilities to contribute productively to the workforce, more opportunity for people to work with the full protection of whistleblower and anti-discrimination laws, and more opportunity to retire with dignity.”
Perez has spent his career protecting the rights of American citizens through his work as the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice, the Secretary of Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, a member of the Montgomery County Council, and an attorney with the Civil Rights Division. He also taught at the George Washington School of Public Health and the University of Maryland School of Law.
Protect employees by developing strong injury and illness prevention programs that include thorough communication and personal protective equipment.