NLRB Set, Trump Nominates New FTC Chair

With the National Labor Relations Board now at full strength, with his final Director appointments confirmed, sworn in and seated, President Trump this week announced his nomination of antitrust attorney Joseph Simons as the new chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Simons, whose formal appointment is also subject to US Senate confirmation, is co-chairman…

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Next Up is EEOC

With the changeover pretty much complete at the National Labor Relations Board, it would appear that the focus of the Trump administration to change the government’s long-simmering anti-business mindset has now turned to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Over the past few weeks, confirmation hearings for the agency charged with enforcement of the nation’s anti-discrimination…

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NLRB Counsel Corrects Answer to SCOTUS

The author of the aforementioned expansion of the joint-employer definition, lame-duck NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin sent a letter to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) this week to clarify and correct “a series of inaccurate answers” he gave during oral arguments on Monday in the case of NLRB v. Murphy’s Oil. The issue in…

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NLRB Appointment Updates

With the United States Senate back in session over one week now, we’re still awaiting its confirmation vote on NLRB nominee William Emanuel. Although Emanuel was nominated in June, one week after new NLRB member Marvin Kaplan (who was confirmed back in early August), his confirmation was stalled in the Senate due to his delay…

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More Change in the Air at NLRB

It seems that the broad subject of the NLRB has dominated our writings more than not over the past few months, and it will likely continue. Last week, the US Senate confirmed the nomination of Marvin Kaplan to fill the 4th spot on the Board and then went on its summer recess until Labor Day!…

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Similar Story at EEOC

Although they weren’t as extreme as the NLRB under the Obama administration, there’s change taking place at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as well. The business community should note that last week, President Trump nominated Iraq war veteran Daniel Gade to the final vacant post on the Commission. Gade, a graduate and former professor at…

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Trump Fills Last NLRB Seat

Just last week, we reported on the nomination of Attorney Marvin Kaplan to the 4th seat on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), leaving only one vacancy on  the 5-member Board entrusted with enforcement of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Just this week, President Trump closed that gap completely with the formal nomination of…

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And Not A Moment Too Soon

At long last, there is a new Secretary of Labor and a full Cabinet for President Trump as Alex Acosta was finally confirmed to the post by the US Senate a full 98 days into the Trump administration. Acosta, who was nominated by President Trump after his first choice, Andy Puzder, withdrew from consideration after…

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Acting Chairman No More

The National Labor Relations Board, which has been a source for many pro-union, anti-business rulings over the past several years, still has only three of its five slots filled. The positions are filled by the President with confirmation by the US Senate and this week, Acting Chairman Philip Miscimarra had the “acting” qualifier dropped from…

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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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