OSHA Nominee Withdraws

File it under the heading “Enough is enough!”, as President Trump’s nominee to head the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration, Scott Mugno,  has withdrawn his name from consideration. A former FedEx safety executive, the Mugno nomination (filed in 2017) was caught up in a tug-of-war between the Congress and the White House over a host…

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EEOC Gets Quorum, For Time Being

The US Senate Wednesday confirmed Janet Dhillon for a seat on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by a 50-43 vote, giving the agency a three-seat quorum for the first time since January.  How long that quorum will last, remains to be seen. Dhillon, nominated by President Trump in June, 2017, was confirmed for one of…

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Senate Standoff Continues as Gaston Pearce Withdraws

The ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pension Committee, democratic Senator Patty Murray reaffirmed this week that she will continue to block Republican labor nominees unless/until the Republican majority approves democrat nominees. In light of the ongoing standoff, which has blocked hundreds of federal appointments over the past few years, former NLRB…

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Trump Resubmits Nominees to Senate

President Donald Trump re-submitted a host of nominations for a number of labor and other positions to the Senate this week. Many of the nominees were caught in a standoff between the White House and democratic senators over pending nominations: essentially, where the republican Senate majority did not confirm a number of democratic nominees, then…

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Senatorial Shutdown?

Well, not formally, but as far as confirmation of Presidential nominees is concerned, it might as well be. As the partial government shutdown enters its 3rd full week, the Senate’s block on the re-nomination of democratic Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Chai Feldblum is complete with her term expiring after nine years with the agency. President…

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EEOC Nominee Withdraws

It may be the headline the business community was hoping for, but it refers to the wrong nominee!  As we advised in last weeks issue, there is a standoff in Congress over three nominees of President Trump to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – one democrat (Chai Feldblum) & two republicans (Daniel Gade and…

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Senate Stalemate Freezes Confirmations

As the clock on the 115th Congress winds down, it’s looking more likely that senators will not confirm a number of nominees before the current congressional session ends and the new 116th Congress takes office. In the normal course of events, such delays don’t have an overly significant impact on operations, but this situation might…

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Senate Standoff Keeps EEOC in Democratic Control

The (ultimate) resolve of the joint employer issue addressed above underscores the importance of the President putting his own nominees in place at important federal agencies and the impact they can have. Such should be the case with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as well, but that agency is still stuck in limbo with a…

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Ring Finally Confirmed for NLRB

It has been in the works for a while now (Ring was first nominated back in January to fill the seat vacated by Phil Miscimarra), but the National Labor Relations Board is finally back to full strength with the confirmation of attorney John Ring. On a party line vote of 50-48, the Senate approved Ring…

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HELP Delays Ring Vote, Then Approves

It was starting to feel like the confirmation that wasn’t, but at long last, the US Senate Committee on Health Education Labor & Pensions (HELP) has finally approved the nomination of NLRB member nominee John Ring and sent it to the full Senate. Over the past week, the announced vote on President Trump’s latest NLRB…

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