President Trump has announced his intention to nominate William J. Emanuel to the final remaining vacant seat at the National Labor Relations Board. The announcement, posted on the White House website amidst seventeen assorted nominations and appointments, reads simply:
William J. Emanuel, of California, to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the term of five years expiring August 27, 2021, vice Kent Yoshiho Hirozawa, term expired.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Emanuel is a Los Angeles attorney at the Littler Mendelson law firm. Mr. Emanuel has a background similar to the chairman’s: Both spent much of their careers at major law firms representing large companies in employment-law cases.
If confirmed, along with fellow recent nominee, Marvin Kaplan, Mr. Emanuel would form the first Republican-appointed majority on the Board in years. The term of the third Republican on the Board, Chairman Phil Miscimarra, expires in December 2017.