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Acting chairs named to head EEOC, NLRB

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President Trump has named Victoria Lipnic to serve as acting chair of the EEOC and Phillip Miscimarra to serve as acting chair of the National Labor Relations Board. Although they are Republicans, both are holdovers from the Obama administration.

President Obama originally nominated Lipnic to serve as an EEOC commissioner in 2010, and again in 2015. Miscimarra has served as a member of the NLRB since 2013.

Before joining the EEOC, Lipnic led the Department of Labor’s Employment Standards Administration for the Bush administration, serving from 2002 to 2009. As assistant secretary of labor, she oversaw the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs,  the Office of Labor Management Standards and the Office of Workers Compensation Programs.

Miscimarra is an employment law attorney and law professor. Formerly a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School, he was a partner at the Morgan Lewis law firm and an attorney with law firms Seyfarth Shaw, Murphy Smith & Polk and Reed Smith.

Miscimarra takes over leadership of the NLRB from former Chair Mark Gaston Pearce, who will continue as a board member until August 2018. The NLRB also includes current member Lauren McFerran, whose term expires in December 2019. Two NLRB seats are currently vacant.

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