Tag: political appointments

New General Counsel expected to set new probusiness agenda for NLRB

A much more business-friendly atmosphere is expected at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) now that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Peter B. Robb as the Board’s General Counsel. Robb, a management-side attorney with a Vermont law firm, won confirmation on a 49-46 party-line vote on November 8. He is President Donald Trump’s choice to […]

Miscimarra announcement called ‘great loss’ but ‘no reason to panic’

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chair Philip Miscimarra’s reported decision to leave the Board when his term expires on December 16 rather than allow himself to be considered for another term has probusiness Board watchers looking ahead and lamenting the loss of his contributions to NLRB decisions. Kevin C. McCormick, an editor of Maryland Employment […]

Kaplan nomination called way to ‘stop the bleeding’ at NLRB

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will nominate Marvin Kaplan, currently chief counsel of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, to one of two vacant seats on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is being hailed by probusiness interests as a way to bring balance to the Board. Kevin C. McCormick, an editor of […]

Senate confirms Acosta as secretary of labor

On April 27, the Senate confirmed Alexander Acosta as secretary of labor by a vote of 60-38.  Eight Democrats joined the Republican majority in voting for President Donald Trump’s nominee, completing Trump’s Cabinet just shy of his 100th day in office. Acosta, a former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member, previously served as assistant attorney […]

DOL to address overtime rules by June 30

A federal court of appeals has granted the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) its third extension in defending a lawsuit challenging new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations. A lower court temporarily enjoined the rules last year, and the Obama administration appealed that order. Now the Trump administration must decide whether to continue with […]

Senate confirms ‘proemployer’ Gorsuch to Supreme Court

The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch. Because Gorsuch is known for adhering to the letter of the law, his confirmation likely is good news for employers, experts say. Democrats initially filibustered Gorsuch’s confirmation, but Republicans invoked the “nuclear option” and changed the Senate rules to allow […]

Labor secretary nominee Acosta advances to full Senate

President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor has been approved by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Alexander Acosta now advances to the full Senate for a final confirmation vote. Acosta, a former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member, generally has been praised by the employer community. He has a deep […]

Employment lawyers like new Trump pick to head DOL

President Donald Trump has nominated Alexander Acosta, a former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member, to serve as secretary of labor. The announcement came less than 24 hours after Trump’s first choice, Andrew Puzder, withdrew from the approval process. Acosta, who is currently the dean of the Florida International University College of Law, is well […]

Trump taps former NLRB member to head DOL after Puzder withdraws

UPDATE: President Trump has nominated Alexander Acosta, a former National Labor Relations Board member, to serve as Secretary of Labor. The announcement came less than 24 hours after Trump’s first choice withdrew from the approval process. Acosta is currently dean of the Florida International University College of Law. He was nominated to the board by […]