William J. Emanuel was sworn in on September 27, 2017, to his seat on the National Labor Relations Board, days after his confirmation by the Senate.  Member Emanuel succeeds outgoing Member Kent Y. Hirozawa, who served for three years, and temporarily shifts the balance of the Board in favor of Republican appointees.

According to the Board’s press release:

Prior to his appointment to the NLRB, Mr. Emanuel served as a shareholder with the law firm Littler Mendelson, P.C.  Before joining Littler Mendelson, he practiced management labor law at several other firms, including Jones Day and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. He has authored labor publications and several amicus curiae briefs. He served as the former Chairman of the Labor Relations Advisory Committee and as the former Chair of the Employers Group Legal Committee. Mr. Emanuel received his J.D. from Georgetown University, and his B.A. from Marquette University.

The Board now has a full complement of Members, and a 3-2 Republican tilt at least until Chairman Miscimarra’s term ends in December.