Academic journal article Labor Law Journal

From the Editor

Academic journal article Labor Law Journal

From the Editor

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Dear Reader

As the battle between Congress and the Executive branch played out during 2014, federal agencies were very much at the center of several controversies, having taken actions to support an agenda that failed to gain traction among lawmakers. Republican legislators who viewed several agency developments as aggressive, overreaching, and even unauthorized, have responded by, among other things, introducing proposed legislation to curb such activity.

On March 3, Senate Republicans, utilizing the Congressional Review Act, voted for a joint resolution of disapproval blocking the National Labor Relations Board's much-maligned revised representation election rules. House Republicans are expected to follow suit with their counterpart of the resolution. President Obama has indicated he will veto the measure.

What can we expect from the National Labor Relations Board in 2015? We should expect issuance of two long-awaited decisions-Northwestern University, involving whether scholarship student-athletes are employees under the NLRA, and Browning-Ferris Industries. In Browning, it is expected that the Board will make it easier for it to find joint-employer status.

As highlighted in our last letter, the most significant activity from the Department of Labor in 2015 should be the issuance of revised Part 541 white-collar overtime exemption regulations, set to raise the minimum salary threshold. …

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