Acosta Confirmation Not Yet Scheduled

The franchise issue may have moved as scheduled in Florida, but the wheels of government turn much more slowly in the nation’s capital. Despite having been approved by the HELP Committee in the US Senate over one week ago, there is still no confirmation vote scheduled on the nomination of Alex Acosta as Labor Secretary…

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Acosta Approved by Committee

The likelihood of the Trump administration finally getting a new Secretary of Labor in place took a major step forward this week with the approval of Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta by the Senate Committee on Health Employment Labor and Pensions (HELP). The committee recommended his confirmation yesterday by a party-line vote of 12 –…

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DC Circuit Overturns NLRB

Speaking of labor and labor-centric issues, last week the DC Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an NLRB decision where the agency had ruled that workers could not revoke “dues checkoff” authorizations (which allows an employer to deduct union dues directly from the paychecks of union members) between the expiration of a union contract and the…

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That Most Elusive Hearing

When Andy Puzder was the Labor Secretary nominee, his confirmation hearing was scheduled, postponed and rescheduled no fewer than 5 times before he withdrew from consideration on February 15 – without a hearing ever taking place!. With current nominee Alex Acosta, confirmed for other posts by the Senate on 3 different occasions, most believed it…

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NLRB Plows Ahead

Getting Acosta confirmed and in place is critical, as NLRB just keeps making headlines and its issues remain in the forefront. This week, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling by an NLRB administrative judge that an employer prematurely withdrew recognition of their union but also overturned the prescribed NLRB remedy. Employees of…

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Right to Work States: 28 & Stalled

The national wave of states adopting right to work legislation hit a bump and stalled this past week when the Colorado House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted to kill Senate Bill 55, which would have prohibited any Colorado company from requiring union membership as a condition of employment. The demise of SB 55…

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But, There Are the “Bitter-Clingers”

Not to their guns & religion, rather to the anti-business direction that was so aggressively advocated during the eight year Obama administration. Leading the pact are still the rulings of the NLRB, about which the US Chamber produced a report, entitled Restoring Common Sense to Labor Law, which identifies the 10 most egregious rulings from…

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Hearing Set For Labor Nominee Acosta

The initial confirmation hearing on the nomination of Alexander Acosta as President Trump’s Labor Secretary has been scheduled. The Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) has scheduled the first of its Acosta confirmation hearings for 1:30 next Wednesday in the Dirksen Senate Office building. President Trump’s initial nominee, CKE Restaurant CEO Andy…

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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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