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Peter Robb Confirmed as National Labor Relations Board General Counsel

Posted in NLRB Administration, Obama Board Reversal, Senate, White House
By a party-line 49-46 vote, the Senate voted yesterday to confirm the nomination of Vermont labor lawyer Peter Robb to serve as the next General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.  Robb replaces former union lawyer Richard Griffin whose term ran from November 2013 until last month. (Longtime Board official Jennifer Abruzzo has been… Continue Reading

Vote Expected Next Week on Peter Robb’s Nomination as Board General Counsel

Posted in NLRB Administration, Obama Board Reversal, Presidential Appointments, Senate
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed a motion for cloture today on the nomination of Peter Robb to serve as the next General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board.  A vote is expected on his nomination — which will likely be approved with a largely partisan margin — on Monday, November 6, 2017.  Former General Counsel… Continue Reading

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Schedules Confirmation Hearing For National Labor Relations Board Nominees

Posted in NLRB, NLRB Administration, Presidential Appointments, Senate
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has announced that it will hold a committee hearing on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at 9:30 AM, to consider the nominations of Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel to become Members of the National Labor Relations Board. Patrick Pizzella, nominee for Deputy Secretary of Labor, will be… Continue Reading

House Committee On Education And The Workforce Approves Three Bills To Amend National Labor Relations Act

Posted in Expedited Elections, House of Representatives, Legislation, Micro Units, NLRA, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Obama Board Reversal, Representation Elections, Senate
Following a June 14, 2017 subcommittee hearing, and a June 27, 2017 mark-up, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce has approved the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017 (H.R. 986), the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (H.R. 2776), and the Employee Privacy Protection Act (H.R. 2775).  All three bills were approved by a… Continue Reading

President Announces Intent To Fill National Labor Relations Board Vacancy

Posted in NLRB Administration, Presidential Appointments, Senate, White House
President Trump yesterday announced his intention to nominate Marvin Kaplan to one of the two vacant seats at the National Labor Relations Board.  The announcement, posted on the White House website, reads: Marvin Kaplan of Kansas to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the remainder of a five-year term expiring August 27, 2020. Mr.… Continue Reading

Senate Introduces Own Version Of Bill To Restore National Labor Relations Board Election Procedures

Posted in Expedited Elections, House of Representatives, Legislation, Micro Units, NLRA, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Obama Board Reversal, Senate
On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) announced introduction of The Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (S. 1350): A bill to amend the National Labor Relations Act with respect to the timing of elections and pre-election hearings and the identification of pre-election issues, and to require that lists of employee eligible to vote in organizing elections… Continue Reading

President Trump To Name Two Labor Attorneys To Fill National Labor Relations Board Vacancies

Posted in NLRB Administration, Obama Board Reversal, Presidential Appointments, Senate
Bloomberg reports that the Trump Administration plans to name attorneys Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel to fill the two vacant member seats on the National Labor Relations Board.  According to the report, sources indicate that these two are currently under the routine FBI review process for executive branch nominees, and the administration expects to formally advance the… Continue Reading

Confirmation Expected For Secretary of Labor Nominee Following Committee Hearing

Posted in Department of Labor, Presidential Appointments, Senate
Following the withdrawal of previous nominee Andy Puzder, the President quickly named former National Labor Relations Board Member and current law professor Alex Acosta to serve as Secretary of Labor.  On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing on his nomination.  In commencing the hearing, Committee Chairman,… Continue Reading

Senate Joins House in Passing CRA Resolution to Invalidate Contractor Blacklisting Rules

Posted in Executive Orders, Government Contracts, House of Representatives, Senate, White House
On March 6, 2017, by a party-line vote of 49-48, the United States Senate passed a resolution of disapproval (H.J. Res. 37) pursuant to the Congressional Review Act, to preclude enforcement of the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council’s final rule implementing President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” executive order.  As outlined in greater detail in earlier… Continue Reading

House of Representatives Passes CRA Resolution To Invalidate Enjoined Contractor Blacklisting Rule

Posted in Department of Labor, Executive Orders, Government Contracts, House of Representatives, Legislation, Senate, White House
On February 2, 2017, the House of Representatives passed a resolution of disapproval (H.J. Res. 37) pursuant to the Congressional Review Act, to preclude enforcement of the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council’s final rule implementing President Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” executive order.  As outlined in greater detail in earlier posts, the rule would require offerors… Continue Reading

Labor Relations Today Issues ‘Labor Law 2016: Year in Review’

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, Department of Labor, Division of Advice, Executive Orders, Expedited Elections, Federal Court Litigation, Government Contracting, Government Contracts, House of Representatives, Joint Employer, Legislation, MLA Media, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Persuader Rules, Presidential Appointments, Remedies, Representation Elections, Right to Work, SCOTUS, Senate, Social Media, State/Local Issues, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions, White House, Workplace Rules
McGuireWoods labor attorneys and the editors of Labor Relations Today are pleased to announce the publication of Labor Relations 2016: Year in Review. In the final year of his two-term tenure, President Barack Obama’s National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor continued their double-barreled efforts to remake labor law to benefit labor unions. Throughout the year, the agencies… Continue Reading

Labor Relations Today Issues ‘Labor Law 2015: Year in Review’

Posted in Alternative Labor Law Reform, Beyond EFCA: Labor's Agenda, Bush Board Reversal, Card Check, Department of Labor, Executive Orders, Expedited Elections, Federal Court Litigation, Government Contracts, House of Representatives, Joint Employer, Legislation, Micro Units, Negotiations, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Administration, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Remedies, Representation Elections, SCOTUS, Senate, Social Media, Unfair Labor Practices, Unions, White House
McGuireWoods labor attorneys and the editors of Labor Relations Today are pleased to announce the publication of Labor Law 2015: A Year In Review. For most of 2015, the National Labor Relations Board consisted of five members and the general counsel — all Senate-confirmed. This Board and the White House continued aggressive efforts to overhaul traditional labor law administratively,… Continue Reading

More About Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Card Check Proposal

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, Interest Arbitration, Legislation, NLRA, Representation Elections, Senate, White House
On Tuesday, presidential candidate and current Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced that he, and ten Senate co-sponsors, would introduce the Workplace Democracy Act (S. 2142). The bill — a verbatim reiteration of two provisions of the Employee Free Choice Act in the 110th & 111th Congresses — would: certify a union as the exclusive bargaining… Continue Reading

Senator Sanders (I/D-VT) Re-Introduces Employee Free Choice Act

Posted in Card Check, EFCA, House of Representatives, Interest Arbitration, Legislation, NLRA, Remedies, Representation Elections, Senate, White House
At a press conference on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 6, 2015, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont announced that he and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) would introduce the “Workplace Democracy Act” (S. 2142, H.R. 3690). This bill would amend the National Labor Relations Act to facilitate union organizing by requiring certification based on “card check” —… Continue Reading

More About the Protecting American Jobs Act (S. 2084)

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Administration, NLRB Rule-Making, Senate
As noted yesterday, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) has introduced a bill to curtail the authority of the National Labor Relations Board.  The Protecting American Jobs Act (S. 2084) — co-sponsored by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) — is analogous to a House bill (H.R. 1893) introduced earlier in 2015, now with seventy… Continue Reading

Senator Alexander Accuses NLRB, OSHA of Coordinated Effort to Change the Law

Posted in Joint Employer, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, Senate
On September 23, 2015, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) stepped up his attacks on the National Labor Relations Board (“the Board”), accusing the Board of engaging in a coordinated effort with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) to change corporate liability laws.  During a hearing, Senator Alexander referred to news reports claiming that OSHA officials… Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Panel Criticizes NLRB Jurisdiction Over Indian Tribes, But Affirms Exercise

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, Senate
When Congressional Subcommittee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN) commenced a hearing last month on the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015 (H.R. 511), he explained: The subjective nature of the [NLRB]’s process for determining jurisdiction has also produced a mess of legal confusion. Years of litigation have produced inconsistent and misguided board decisions, compounding the uncertainty… Continue Reading

The Road Ahead: Top 10 Labor Issues to Watch in the Back Half of 2015

Posted in Amici Briefs, Department of Labor, Executive Orders, Expedited Elections, Federal Court Litigation, Government Contracting, Government Contracts, House of Representatives, Legislation, Micro Units, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Decisions, NLRB Rule-Making, Persuader Rules, Representation Elections, Senate, State/Local Issues
1.  Will the Courts Uphold the New Expedited Election Rules? The National Labor Relation Board’s new expedited election rules took effect on April 14, 2015, but not before two lawsuits could be filed seeking to invalidate them in January 2015. The first lawsuit was filed by business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in… Continue Reading

House, Senate Propose NLRB Budget Cuts and Policy Limitations

Posted in House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Rule-Making, Senate
The House and Senate appropriations committees both advanced bills on June 17 and June 23, respectively, seeking to slash the National Labor Relations Board’s budget. The House’s bill seeks a 27 percent reduction, taking the NLRB’s current budget of $274 million down to $200 million. Meanwhile, the Senate bill proposes a ten percent reduction of… Continue Reading

Senators Grill Board Members On Requested Budget Increase

Posted in Legislation, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate
Yesterday, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing to discuss the National Labor Relations Board’s 2016 budget proposal.  The proposal, coming in a year where the Board has released several decisions that have angered Republicans, seeks a $3.8mm increase in funds in… Continue Reading

Senate Tables Quickie Election Veto

Posted in NLRB, NLRB Rule-Making, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, White House
Yesterday, the United States Senate voted 96-3 to table President Obama’s veto of a Republican attempt to scupper the now-infamous “quickie-election” regulations.  The move to table the override vote effectively amounts to Republicans admitting defeat on the issue. As we wrote back in March, President Obama vetoed a Congressional measure of disapproval, which would have blocked the implementation… Continue Reading

President Vetoes GOP Attempt To Nix Quickie Election Rules

Posted in House of Representatives, Legislation, NLRA, NLRB, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unions, White House
In an unsurprising move, earlier today President Obama vetoed a measure put forward by House and Senate Republicans under the auspices of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that would have invalidated the National Labor Relations Board’s “quickie election” procedures.  The rules, set to take effect in about two weeks, could shrink the period from the… Continue Reading

Chamber Fires Another Round At Quickie Election Rules

Posted in Federal Court Litigation, House of Representatives, NLRA, NLRB, NLRB Rule-Making, Quick Hits, Representation Elections, Senate, Unions, White House
This week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other trade groups filed a Motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, arguing that the National Labor Relations Board’s “quickie election” rules should be invalidated. The rules, which were published at the end of last year in the Federal Register, would allow a… Continue Reading