President Barack Obama has done a lot to change workplace rules during his term but it was key political appointments of labor czars which drove the policy changes forward.
The president is responsible for appointing or suggesting a wide range of officials throughout the government. No political appointee officially has the title “czar,” but the term has become a popular shorthand in the media.
So-called czars are sometimes, but not always, limited to political appointees who didn’t need legislative approval. There are czars for education, law enforcement, border security, the bailouts, welfare and workplace rules among many other policy areas. These are the eight most important labor policy czars appointed by Obama.