Reversing Obama

The 2016 election promised to undo many actions the Obama administration took on a host of issues – most notably, the Affordable Care Act. But, there are many regulatory actions that the Trump administration has teed up for a mulligan, if you will, that are causing angst in the organized labor camp and measured joy…

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Of Grad Students & Football Players

Having been tied up in court on several of their major rulings regarding business issues (joint-employer, ambush elections, etc.) the NLRB has created a parallel universe of sorts with their rulings that university graduate students along with certain football-playing student athletes (students being the operable word in both cases) are employees for purposes of the…

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Calmer Seas for Acosta

For the past few months, we’ve reported regularly on the ups and downs of former Trump Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder and the ultimately successful effort to derail his appointment. Early indications are that the new nominee for the business-critical post, Alexander Acosta, (here is a story on his time on the National Labor Relations…

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Not a Moment Too Soon

It was reported this week that the Trump administration is looking at filling the two empty seats on the National Labor Relations Board soon, thereby creating a republican majority on the 5-member independent agency for the first time since 2008. The likely shift that a full complement of Directors would bring about could not be…

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Trump Names New Labor Nominee

In the wake of CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder withdrawing as the nominee for Labor Secretary, President Trump wasted little time naming a replacement, nominating Alexander Acosta – a former National Labor Relations Board member, US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Justice Department official and the current dean of Florida International College of…

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Unions Fall Further From Favor?

Notwithstanding the best efforts of the NLRB and likely, much to their dismay, the notion of union membership seems to lose more luster with the working class each week. We noted this week that workers at the Boeing plant in Charleston, SC overwhelmingly rejected membership in the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Of…

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If At First You Don’t Succeed . . .

Over the past several weeks, we’ve reported a date & time for the impending confirmation hearing of Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder – each time giving a date in the upcoming week when the hearing was scheduled, and each week it has been postponed. Next week, the US Senate HELP Committee has scheduled a public…

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Regulatory Repeal Slowed by Hearing Delays

As much as Congress may be anxious to undo some of the more egregious regulatory mandates imposed last year by the Department of Labor, it seems that the aforementioned delays in the Puzder confirmation process are also delaying the repeal efforts – especially of the overtime rule that doubled the overtime threshold.  According to a…

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Know When To Hold ‘Em, Know When To Fold ‘Em

We’re beginning to think that NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin has never heard the Kenny Rogers classic song, The Gambler. Notwithstanding the Trump election and the likelihood that NLRB excesses will be reversed when the President gets control of the Board next year, Griffin keeps pushing expansion of the NLRB reach.  This week, he issued…

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Puzder Nomination Delays

We told you in our last issue that the Senate hearing on the nomination of Andy Puzder as Labor Secretary would be held yesterday, February 2. After we went to press last week however, we learned it had been delayed for the 4th time. As of this writing, the hearing is postponed indefinitely until the…

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