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“And the Fourth Seat Goes To….” Senate Confirms Nomination of Kaplan to NLRB, Delays Vote on Nomination of Emmanuel

Early on Aug. 2, the Senate approved President Trump’s nomination of Marvin Kaplan to fill a vacant seat on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The Senate approved Kaplan on a close 50-48 vote, which, unsurprisingly, was split along party lines. Kaplan’s confirmation puts the Board closer to attaining what would be the first Republican-led majority in nearly a decade.

Kaplan’s confirmation is welcome news to his supporters, who are eager to see several reforms of Obama-era regulations that, in their view, favor the interests of organized labor over employers.

As noted previously in this blog, should both Kaplan and Trump’s other pick, William Emmanuel, be confirmed, they would join the Board’s current chairman, Republican Phillip Miscimarra, and give the oard the first Republican majority since early in the Obama administration. A Republican-majority Board would likely give a critical look to previous NLRB determinations regarding, among other important rulings, the definition of joint employer status and union election rules.

It is not all sunshine and roses yet, though. The nomination of Emanuel, Trump’s pick for the final open seat on the Board, remains pending. The Senate will now vote on Emanuel’s nomination after its August recess, meaning that such a vote is unlikely until September of this year. In the meantime, the NLRB will have an even split of Republican and Democrat members on the board.

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Steve L. Hernández is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Barnes & Thornburg. A member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department, Mr. Hernández focuses his practice on traditional labor and employment law. Mr. Hernández has extensive experience litigating class action matters.

Mr. Hernández also brings four years of experience as an attorney with Region 21 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to his practice. While at the NLRB, Mr. Hernández investigated unfair labor practice, litigated unfair labor practice complaints, conducted union representation...

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Minal Khan is a staff attorney in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Los Angeles office. As a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Department, Ms. Khan focuses her practice on wage and hour litigation, employment discrimination, contracts, and business associations.

Ms. Khan has experience representing employers in disability discrimination and wrongful termination disputes. She has also represented indigent clients in unemployment hearings, drafted briefs and argued hearings. In addition, she has drafted memoranda on new wage and hour laws, paid sick leave and vacation policies.

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