Restaurants in the chain managed by Andy Puzder, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the Labor Department, have run afoul of workplace health and safety regulators a few times in the past. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, CKE Restaurants Holdings, of which Puzder is CEO, had two violations from six inspections over the past 10 years.

CKE Restaurants Holdings has more than 3,300 restaurants, including the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. chains. During that time those two chains had at least 27 OSHA inspections, most of which were prompted by complaints or accidents, which is normal for that industry.

While Trump has said Puzder "will fight to make American workers safer and more prosperous by enforcing fair occupational and safety standards," others aren’t so sure.

"He's definitely for less government, definitely for less regulation," Louis Chodoff, a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, told Bloomberg BNA. "[Puzder and Trump] both think that's the way to stimulate the economy: to take the shackles off business, whether it's OSHA regulation, [Environmental Protection Agency] regulation, or wage and hour regulation. Unshackle business and let it grow."

David Michaels, the current head of OSHA, told Bloomberg BNA earlier this month that he was sure the Trump administration will be an aggressive enforcer of workplace laws.

But Chodoff said he was far less confident that Puzder would try to strike a middle ground between labor and management.

"I don't see many centrists [among Trump's cabinet nominations]," he said. "Because Puzder doesn't have any government experience, there's not a lot to look back on and say, 'This is what we think he's going to do when he gets to the office.' But we can look at his musings as a business leader, and they don't seem very centrist to me."

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