Department of Labor

Proposed labor rule would exempt religious contractors from bias regulations

U.S. Department of Labor office building
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The Department of Labor is proposing a new rule that would allow religious organizations with federal contracts to "make employment decisions consistent with their sincerely held religious tenets and beliefs without fear of sanction by the federal government."

The big picture: This move falls in line with the Trump administration's record of easing regulations designed to protect against discriminatory hiring practices. The Department of Labor says it's proposing the rule because religious organizations are wary of accepting federal contracts due to "uncertainty regarding the scope of the religious exemption," per existing regulations.

Trump to nominate Eugene Scalia as labor secretary

Eugene Scalia gets encouragement from Sen. Kit Bond before Scalia's conformation hearing in 2001. Photo: Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday evening his intention to nominate Gene Scalia as the new secretary of labor.

Details: Scalia, 55, is the son of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. A source told NPR that Trump offered the job to Scalia, and he accepted. He is a partner at a Washington, D.C.-based law firm where he focuses on labor and employment. He worked as an assistant to Attorney General William Barr in the 1990s.