Academic journal article Labor Law Journal

Who's Who in Labor

Academic journal article Labor Law Journal

Who's Who in Labor

Article excerpt

Since our spring issue, John Ring took the helm at NLRB. By a vote of 50-48, the Senate on April 11, 2018, confirmed the Morgan Lewis & Bockius partner to serve on the Board, bringing it to a full five-member complement. On April 12, President Trump designated Ring to serve as Board Chair.

But Ring walks into a hornet's nest. The Board's inspector general concluded Member Bill Emanuel should not have been involved in the December 2017 Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors decision, which vacated the controversial Obama-era Browning-Ferris joint-employer decision. Consequently, the other Board members vacated the HyBrand decision, sparking even more internal discord and externally, more uncertainty in the employer community, which had hailed Hy-Brand as the Browning-Ferris killer. What followed, and continued into April, were more demands from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others for the inspector general to investigate the decision to remand and another Board member who allegedly leaked information about the remand. Perhaps Ring, having taken the reins of a Republican-majority Board, can restore normalcy and pursue the more business-friendly agenda that the employer community was expecting under the Trump administration.

On April 12, 2018, the Senate confirmed Patrick Pizzella to serve as DOL deputy secretary by a party-line vote of 50-48. Prior to his confirmation, Pizzella was Acting Chairman of the Federal Labor Relations Authority; he also had served as DOL Assistant Secretary of Labor for Administration and Management under President George W Bush. …

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