NLRB: One To Go

On Wednesday, the US Senate gave final confirmation to Marvin Kaplan, one of President Trump’s nominees to fill an open seat on the National Labor Relations Board. Kaplan, an attorney who has been serving as the Counsel for Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission since 2015 (he was appointed to the post by President Obama),…

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Senate Labor Committee Advances NLRB Nominees

The names of President Trump’s final two nominees for the NLRB Board have been advanced by the US Senate Health Education Labor & Pension Committee and will go before the full Senate for a final confirmation vote soon. Attorneys William Emanuel and Marvin Kaplan were both approved by a party line vote of 12 –…

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Senate Hears NLRB Nominees

Just one day after the aforementioned joint-employer hearing, the US Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions took their turn. Yesterday, the Committee formally considered the nomination of two individuals put forward by President Trump to fill the final two empty seats on the National Labor Relations Board. Nominees Marvin Kaplan, a counselor at…

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Trump Paid Leave Not Enough for Some

Just last week, we advised of a concerted effort by first daughter and senior presidential advisor Ivanka Trump to win approval of a national paid leave policy offering up to six weeks of paid leave for all employees in the nation. The Trump proposal, which would be paid for with state unemployment insurance funds, “doesn’t…

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Change Takes Time, But Arriving

It has been over seven months since Donald Trump was elected President and during that time, we have watched the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continue its pro-union, anti-business march, knowing all the while that gradual but steady change would come with the new administration. Well this week, another phase of that change took place…

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Some in Congress Target CRA

It has been the law of the land since 1996 – passed as part of the “Contract with America” back when Newt Gingrich was US Speaker of the House. Despite being on the books now for over 20 years, the Congressional Review Act was only invoked successfully one time (by President George W Bush in…

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 Trump, States Adding Parental Leave

In some ways, President Trump is following the lead of a number of states on the subject of paid leave, but apparently he’s going it one better – adding fathers to his paid parental leave policy in federal jurisdictions. In a statement released earlier this week about Women’s Health Week, he was quoted as saying:…

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Tide Turning Fast At NLRB

Especially over the past several years, a majority of decisions made by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were very much labor friendly, as the Obama NLRB dramatically expanded the reach of union organizers and the restrictions on non-union business.  One particular area of expansion results directly from the Board’s Columbia decision (rendered last August),…

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Trump Tax Reform

President Donald Trump released his plan to radically remake the tax code on Wednesday. According to initial media reports, the President’s proposal would slash the corporate tax rate, boost the standard deduction for individual taxpayers and eliminate the estate tax entirely. In addition, the plan would also repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax for individuals as…

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Federal Sick Leave Staying

It would appear that the Trump administration is in no hurry to undo the Obama administration rule mandating paid sick leave for federal contractors, including those who operate their private businesses on federal properties. You will recall that President Obama issued an Executive Order back in 2015 that called for companies under federal contract to…

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