Although it was scheduled to take place Wednesday, the Health Education Labor & Pensions Committee (HELP) confirmation hearing for NLRB nominee John Ring was postponed until March 1 at the request of Ranking Member Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.). Murray apparently requested the delay because of democratic concerns about alleged conflicts of interest with another National Labor Relations Board member, William Emanuel, as well as organizational changes to the agency proposed by General Counsel Peter Robb. Robb’s proposal would reduce the power of NLRB regional offices, which have historically shown a pro-labor bent. Emanuel, whose former law firm, Littler-Mendelson, represented one of the parties in the Browning-Ferris case that redefined joint employment. Emanuel, who voted with the majority to overturn Browning-Ferris and restore the historical definition of joint employer, maintains he did not know about the firm’s involvement in the case. The NLRB inspector general is investigating the issue. Some speculate that the democrats will block Ring’s formal confirmation – and therefore a republican majority at the NLRB – for as long as they can.