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Puzder, and Acosta, and Boeing, and Griffin, Oh My!

Posted in Department of Labor, NLRB, Union Organizing
What a last couple of weeks on the labor law front.  Here is a quick round up of significant developments, just to make sure you are caught up: Puzder Out, Acosta Up Next President Trump’s first DOL secretary nominee, Andrew Puzder, withdrew himself from contention earlier this week.  Press reports suggest that there was insufficient support… Continue Reading

NLRB General Counsel Releases New Guidance on Employee Handbooks

Posted in Employee Discipline, NLRB
Last week, NLRB General Counsel (GC) Richard F. Griffin, Jr. released a new report addressing problematic employee handbook provisions which could be “reasonably construed” as having a chilling effect on employees’ Section 7 activity.  Similar to the three reports previously issued by predecessor Lafe Solomon on social media cases, Griffin offers the report as guidance on… Continue Reading

Senate Confirms Richard Griffin as NLRB General Counsel

Posted in NLRB
Earlier today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Richard F. Griffin, Jr. as General Counsel of the NLRB.  The General Counsel is responsible for the enforcement of the NLRA and supervises the regional offices of the NLRB in the investigation of unfair labor practice complaints and the conduct of union representation elections.  Mr.… Continue Reading

Outgoing NLRB Members Find New Positions

Posted in NLRB
As readers of this blog know, the Senate recently confirmed five members on the NLRB.  The compromise that permitted the confirmation vote to move forward required that President Obama withdraw his nominations of two individuals who were serving recess appointments on the NLRB, Members Griffin (D) and Block (D).  For one of those individuals, the trip… Continue Reading

Senate Compromises; New Picks Anticipated for NLRB Positions

Posted in NLRB
The Senate has avoided a "nuclear" confrontation over several pending appointments, including the appointments of all five members of the NLRB.  As readers of this blog know, President Obama’s appointments to the NLRB generated significant controversy because they included two individuals, Members Griffin and Block, whose recess appointments in 2012 have been held to be… Continue Reading

What a Week! An Update on the NLRB Appointments

Posted in NLRB
Hobbled by controversy over the political appointees that run the NLRB, last week brought news that the agency may not be on the road to recovery anytime soon. In twin developments, occuring on the same day last week, actions by the courts and the Congress demonstrated the tough political road ahead for the NLRB. In… Continue Reading

President Obama Announces NLRB Nominations

Posted in NLRB
President Obama announced his intention today to nominate three individuals to the NLRB. The President’s action comes at a time when the authority of the NLRB to act in cases and rulemaking activities is on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court and when only one of the sitting NLRB members has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The… Continue Reading

President Obama Renominates Griffin and Block to NLRB

Posted in NLRB
Less than three weeks after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia declared their recess appointments invalid, President Obama has again nominated Richard Griffin (D) and Sharon Block (D) to serve on the NLRB.  In the names he sent to the Senate last week, however, President Obama did not include any Republicans for two… Continue Reading

Court Declares NLRB Recess Appointments Unconstitutional

Posted in NLRB
In what will likely be one of the more significant labor law developments in 2013, a federal court of appeals in Washington, D.C. ruled today that President Obama’s recess appointments to the NLRB were unconstitutional.  On January 4, 2012, three individuals received recess appointments to the NLRB:  Members Flynn (R), Block (D), and Griffin (D).  At the time,… Continue Reading

President Obama Uses Recess Appointments to Fill NLRB Vacancies

Posted in NLRB
By Nelson Cary and Micah Dawson In College Football Bowl week terminology, some would say President Obama ran an “end-around” play on the Senate yesterday.  Using his recess appointment power, he filled the three vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board, despite the Senate’s refusal to act on those appointments.  President Obama appointed his two… Continue Reading