Yet another attention-grabbing Trump Cabinet possibility has been announced. The president-elect is reportedly considering Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE restaurants (Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s parent company) as secretary of labor, according to anonymous tip by a transition official published in The New York Times.
Puzder is an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, particularly his expansion of overtime laws, which would afford time-and-a-half to all employees making less than $47,476 annually. The salary cutoff for mandatory overtime pay stands now at $23,660, or about one and half times the current federal minimum wage. He claims business owners would be unduly punished if the legislation were to go into effect.
"One can only wonder when the advocates of progressive economics will realize that, despite their best efforts, you cannot regulate your way to economic prosperity," Puzder wrote in an op-ed for Forbes.
Puzder previously served as an economic adviser for Mitt Romney.
The fast-food CEO has also been criticized for creating and relishing in the controversial nature of Carl's Jr.’s racy — and, some have said, sexist — commercials featuring bikini-clad women posing provocatively with cars and burgers.
"I like our ads,” Puzder told Entrepreneur in a 2015 interview . “I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. I think it's very American. I used to hear, brands take on the personality of the CEO. And I rarely thought that was true, but I think this one, in this case, it kind of did take on my personality."