In a decision prompted by the ongoing Starbucks unionization battles, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday issued a decision in which it modified one of the six factors relating Regional Director discretion in allowing a union representation mail ballot versus an in-person manual ballot election, due to COVID-19 related conditions. Under the terms of this change, Regional Directors will now have the discretion to direct mail-ballot elections in communities where the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has determined that the risk of COVID-19 transmission in a particular community is ”high,” based on the CDC county-based community level tracker. The Board is applying its decision prospectively, so it leaves in place the Starbucks mail-in ballot election that triggered the decision.