On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor
and Pensions (HELP) voted 13-9 to advance the nomination of Richard
F. Griffin, Jr., to serve as General Counsel of the National Labor
Relations Board. Griffin was one of the three controversial recess
appointees to the Board. Earlier this summer, Griffin's
nomination to the Board was withdrawn – along with fellow
recess appointee Sharon Block –as part of the Senate deal to
confirm a full slate of Board candidates.
Prior to his recess appointment to the Board, Griffin was a
long-term attorney for the International Union of Operating
Engineers (IUOE), acting as its general counsel toward the end of
his tenure with the union. In addition, Griffin served on the board
of directors for the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee for
nearly two decades. Earlier in his career, Griffin worked as
counsel to various Board members.
The NLRB general counsel is tasked with investigating and
prosecuting charges of unfair labor practice cases, supervising
NLRB field offices, deciding which cases to pursue, and
implementing the policies and procedures field agents should
follow. The general counsel's office is independent from the
Board, and has the ability to steer agency policy. Lafe Solomon is
currently serving as Acting General Counsel.
The full Senate will now be able to vote on Griffin's
nomination, although such a vote has not yet been scheduled.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
To print this article, all you need is to be registered on Mondaq.com.
Click to Login as an existing user or Register so you can print this article.
As most employers know, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of leave for their own or a family member's serious health condition and up to 26 weeks for military caregiver leave.
As employers continue to grapple with momentous new legal requirements, Littler's 2016 Executive Employer Survey shows that they are bracing for further shifts in the regulatory and enforcement landscape...
On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule regarding reporting injuries and illnesses in the workplace and protecting employees who make those reports.
The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) grants unpaid, job-protected leave to eligible employees for specified family and medical reasons, also providing them with continuation of group health insurance...
Register for Access and our Free Biweekly Alert for
This service is completely free. Access 250,000 archived articles from 100+ countries and get a personalised email twice a week covering developments (and yes, our lawyers like to think you’ve read our Disclaimer).