As we’ve reported over the past few weeks, the question of Administrative Law Judges and their decisions came to the forefront this week when National Labor Relations Board ALJ Lauren Esposito rejected a proposed settlement on the joint employer issue. The case stems from Obama-era NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin issuing a 2014 directive expanding the definition of joint employer and one year later, charging McDonald’s with employment law violations as a joint employer with its franchise owners. Ultimately while the case was pending in court, the NLRB transitioned over to a republican majority under President Trump and new general counsel Peter Robb reached a settlement with the company on the issue back in March. In her decision, Esposito rejected the proposed resolution, finding that its narrow scope doesn’t match the stakes involved, writing “McDonald’s obligations under the settlement agreement are therefore not comparable in any way, shape or form to joint or and several liability.” It is likely that her decision will be appealed to the full NLRB Board. Just weeks ago, President Trump signed an Executive Order extending political control over the hiring of administrative law judges.