We realize we have been reporting quite regularly on the National Labor Relations Board lately, but the agency continues to generate news of import to small businesses – and this week is no exception. The agency is pursuing settlement of the high profile lawsuit it initiated against McDonalds back in 2015 over the joint-employer allegation. General Counsel Peter Robb requested and received a stay from an administrative law judge last week to allow time for the parties to discuss settling “all pending charges.” And, a separate proposal by Robb to overhaul the NLRB regional director system will ultimately be decided by the agency’s 5 Directors. NLRB Chairman Marvin Kaplan addressed the proposed changes in a recent presentation to the American Bar Association. The overhaul proposal was seen by some as an effort by Robb to consolidate his power as General Counsel and minimize the power of the Directors.