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Cheryl Stanton is executive director of the Department of Employment and Workforce. File

COLUMBIA — Cheryl Stanton, executive director of the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, has been selected to lead the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, according to a report from a Bloomberg affiliate.

Stanton would be in charge of the agency that enforces the federal minimum wage, overtime pay, record-keeping and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Stanton declined to comment Wednesday through the workforce agency's spokesman, Bob Bouyea. The U.S. Department of Labor said it couldn't comment on personnel matters.

The move would be a return to Washington, D.C., and to working with the department. She served in the White House under President George W. Bush as his principal legal liaison to the Department of Labor.

Stanton has led DEW since 2013 where she has been responsible for providing workforce services and overseeing the state's unemployment insurance.

While with DEW, Stanton partnered the organization with the S.C. Department of Commerce, S.C. Technical College System and the S.C. Department of Education to create the S.C. Talent Pipeline project, which aims to create a steady stream of workforce-qualified candidates for state jobs.

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Stanton also worked to partner DEW with the S.C. Department of Corrections for the Second Chance program, which works with inmates who are preparing to be released from prison. Inmates are taught how to search for work when they are released.

Thad Moore contributed to this report.

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Maya T. Prabhu covers the Statehouse from Columbia. She previously covered city government and other topics in South Carolina and Maryland. Maya has a bachelors in English from Spelman College and a masters in journalism from the University of Maryland.