DOL Roller Coaster Ride

It has been quite the lengthy roller coaster ride for 4 executive nominees within the Department of Labor (DOL), a ride that began back last summer and hasn’t ended yet. Just before they were set to vote, the Senate Health Education Labor & Pensions Committee (HELP) postponed votes on four DOL nominations – Patrick Pizzella,…

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Senate Confirms 3 To DOL

While DOL considers comments submitted about a potential change in the tip pooling rule, the department welcomed three new executive level employees to their shop as the full Senate gave formal confirmation to three Trump appointees to the DOL.  Last week, the Senate confirmed the nominations of Kate S. O’Scannlain, from Maryland, to be Solicitor…

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And, Over At Labor . . .

It may not be of immediate import to the majority of our subscribers, but nominees put forth by President Trump are steadily moving forward in the US Senate toward final confirmation. This week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) approved the nominations of 4 individuals for positions in DOL and sent…

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Griffin Out, Robb Confirmed

Speaking of the NLRB and their egregious decision on joint-employer, the architect of that ruling, General Counsel Richard Griffin, was working under a fixed term contract which expired on November 1 and he is no longer with the NLRB. Effective the first of this month, Griffin was out as General Counsel and the acting general…

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Trump Picks FedEx Exec for OSHA

Continuing full speed ahead to fill a host of important positions in his administration, President Trump last week nominated FedEx Executive Scott Mugno to lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the Department of Labor. Mugno, who previously headed up corporate safety health and fire prevention for FedEx Express and is currently vice…

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NLRB Set, Trump Nominates New FTC Chair

With the National Labor Relations Board now at full strength, with his final Director appointments confirmed, sworn in and seated, President Trump this week announced his nomination of antitrust attorney Joseph Simons as the new chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Simons, whose formal appointment is also subject to US Senate confirmation, is co-chairman…

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Senate Confirms Emanuel For Full NLRB

For the first time in quite a while, the National Labor Relations Board operated with a full complement of Directors this week as fifth Director William Emanuel was confirmed early this week by the United States Senate on a party-line vote of 49-47. Emanuel’s confirmation gives the 5-person Board a 3-2 republican majority for the…

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Emanuel Closer to NLRB Post, Robb Nominated

NLRB nominee William Emanuel moved another step closer to Senate confirmation this week when the US Senate approved a closure motion on a party-line vote of 49-44 with several Senators already absent for the Rosh Hashanah holiday. Emanuel was nominated back in June for the fifth and final open NLRB slot. His formal confirmation vote…

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NLRB Appointment Updates

With the United States Senate back in session over one week now, we’re still awaiting its confirmation vote on NLRB nominee William Emanuel. Although Emanuel was nominated in June, one week after new NLRB member Marvin Kaplan (who was confirmed back in early August), his confirmation was stalled in the Senate due to his delay…

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More Change in the Air at NLRB

It seems that the broad subject of the NLRB has dominated our writings more than not over the past few months, and it will likely continue. Last week, the US Senate confirmed the nomination of Marvin Kaplan to fill the 4th spot on the Board and then went on its summer recess until Labor Day!…

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