NLRB files brief with Fifth Circuit Defending ‘Quickie Election’ Rule: The National Labor Relations board filed its brief with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals this week asking that the court affirm the trial court’s rejection of a challenge by Associated Builders and Contractors of Texas Inc. and other groups to the NLRB’s new rule streamlining the union election process.

Did OSHA Adopt the NLRB’s Joint Employer Standard? House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (Minn.) and subcommittee Chairman Tim Walberg (Mich.) sent a letter to Labor Secretary Tom Perez expressing concern regarding the Department of Labor’s announced effort to expand franchisor liability under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

The [Solicitor of Labor’s] memorandum mirrors recent efforts by the National Labor Relations board (NLRB) and its General Counsel to help labor unions increase their presence in the workforce by expanding joint-employer liability.

The Committee asks for several categories of information in order “to better understand the department’s efforts,” including a “list of all meetings held between the department and the NLRB…”