by Harold P. Coxson Jr., Esq.
Last year ended and 2012 began with a flurry of activity from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Between controversial appointments to the board and action on two new rules concerning organized labor, the NLRB has given employers much to watch.
Controversial NLRB appointments
In a challenge to Congressional confirmation authority, President Obama announced on Jan. 4—during the “intersession” period between the first and second sessions of Congress—his intent to make the recess appointments of Democrats Richard Griffin and Sharon Block and Republican Terence Flynn as members of the NLRB.
The three recess appointees will join confirmed Chairman Mark Pearce (a Democrat) and Brian Hayes, who is a Republican.
Normally, NLRB members must be confirmed by the Senate. To block recess appointments without Senate confirmation, Republicans had attempted to refuse to recess, holding “pro ...(register to read more)