Speaking of new regulatory rules, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has extended the public comment period on its pending new rule on union elections. In a press release dated October 4, the agency announced that it will now accept public comment on the rule overhauling union representation election procedures for an additional 60 days – until December 10, 2019. The original proposal, published in the Federal Register on August 12 of this year, replaces NLRB regulations that block new elections in the case of pending unfair labor practice charges. This was a common union tactic preventing elections from taking place rather than losing the representation vote. Additionally, the proposal also prohibits so-called voluntary recognition from barring a subsequent representation petition unless employees have received notice and a 45-day open period is established within which time an election petition may be filed.