DOL Officially Rescinds Joint Employer

As we warned just about one month ago, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced last week that it had officially rescinded the Trump administration definition of joint employer. An array of Democrat Attorney Generals had filed a number of lawsuits (some were successful and are on appeal) challenging several provisions of the Trump-era joint…

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Senate Confirms Abruzzo

Last week, the U.S. Senate confirmed attorney Jennifer Abruzzo as the new General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Abruzzo, who was nominated for the post by President Biden back in mid-February, needed Vice President Kamala Harris to break a 50-50 tie along party lines in the Senate. Although she most recently served…

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He’s BAAAACK, Unless Senators Stop Him

That’s right, President Biden’s nominee for the position of Administrator of the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division is David Weil, who also served in that exact same capacity during the Obama administration. The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held a confirmation hearing yesterday on the nominations of Weil…

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NLRB Turning Blue

Last week, President Biden further prepped the transition within the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from red to blue dominance with his nomination of attorney David Prouty to fill the seat currently occupied by Trump appointee William Emmanuel. Although Emmanuel’s term on the NLRB does not expire until August, the President is obviously intent on…

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Su Moving Toward Confirmation

Notwithstanding the challenges that such a new joint employer definition will bring to the broader business community, the Senate appears to be moving closer to a confirmation vote for Julie Su. Currently the secretary of labor for the state of California, Su was nominated by President Biden to the position of Deputy Secretary of Labor…

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Biden Posts Filling Up

The United States Senate confirmed several more nominees of President Biden to a host of important federal posts. First and foremost, amongst the recent confirmations was new Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, who formerly served as Mayor of Boston for the past 7 years. Confirmed on a Senate vote of 68-29, Walsh will now oversee the…

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Biden Fires EEOC General Counsel

Just weeks after he fired NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb, whose appointment didn’t expire until November 2021, and subsequently the agency’s acting General Counsel Alice Stock, President Biden last week also fired Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) General Counsel Sharon Fast Gustafson, whose appointment to the post was valid until 2023! Both individuals, each of…

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Union Lawyer Nominated for NLRB Post

Staying on the broad subject of organized labor and its outsized influence in the current administration, President Biden last week officially nominated Jennifer Abruzzo for the post of National Labor Relations Board General Counsel. Abruzzo, who had previously served in a number of different capacities at the NLRB including acting General Counsel during the Obama…

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Biden Nominates California’s Su for #2 DOL Post

Last week, we reported on the US Senate confirmation hearing for Boston Mayor – Secretary of Labor nominee – Marty Walsh. Well, we now know who has been nominated to serve as his second-in-command, California Labor Secretary Julie Su. She currently heads up the California Department of Labor and Workforce Development and was on the…

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Hearing on Biden’s Labor Nominee

The US Senate confirmation hearing on Secretary of Labor nominee Mayor Marty Walsh was held yesterday by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. There did not appear to be any significant issues with Mayor Walsh’s nomination and in the wake of that hearing, one can anticipate that Mayor Walsh will be confirmed…

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