Wednesday, January 16, 2019: NLRB Chairman Responded to Congress on Joint-Employer Doctrine
National Labor Relations Board (”NLRB”) Chairman John F. Ring responded to a January 8, 2019 letter from Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) of the U.S. House of Representatives. In their letter, Scott and Delauro urged the National Labor Relations Board (“the Board”) to withdraw its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) on the joint-employer standard. Chairman Ring defended the need of Rulemaking, citing that nearly 26,000 comments have been received and that “the standard for determining joint-employer status under the NLRA (National Labor Relations Act) has been and continues to be one of the most difficult and debated subjects in labor law.” Ring goes on to explain that Rulemaking provides “the best vehicle for doing what the D.C. Circuit has instructed the Board to do: “erect some legal scaffolding that keeps the inquiry within traditional common-law bounds.”
Robert C. “Bobby” Scott was elected Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor by the House Democratic Caucus earlier this year. Rosa DeLauro sits on the Committee on Education and Labor, the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies and the Committee on Appropriations.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019: Nominations Sent to the Senate
Department of Labor Nominations:
- South Carolina attorney Cheryl Stanton to be the Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division.
- Former FedEx official Scott Mugno to lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”).
- John P. Pallasch, of Kentucky, to be an Assistant Secretary of Labor.
- John Lowry III, of Illinois, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) Nominations:
- Sharon Fast Gustafson, of Virginia, to be General Counsel.
- Janet Dhillon, of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the Commission.
Former EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum won’t seek another nomination to the civil rights agency; she told Bloomberg Law. The EEOC doesn’t currently have enough members for a quorum and remains closed due to the partial government shutdown.
The Department of Labor is without Senate-confirmed leadership in eight sub-agencies.
Thursday, January 17, 2019: Email Address Created for Joint-Employer Comments
Due to the partial government shutdown and subsequent shutdown of Regulations.gov, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) established an email address to accept submissions of public comments on the proposed joint-employer rulemaking. The public can now submit comments electronically to Regulations@nlrb.gov. Comments can also be sent by mail or hand-delivered to Roxanne Rothschild, Acting Executive Secretary, National Labor Relations Board, 1015 Half Street S.E., Washington, D.C. 20570-0001.
January 28, 2019 is the deadline to submit Comments.
February 11, 2019 is the deadline to reply to Comments submitted during the initial comment period.
Click here to read John Fox’s blog that breaks down the recent events on the joint-employer saga.
Friday, January 18, 2019: OFCCP Ombud Application Window Closed
The OFCCP should have an addition to staff soon. Directive 2018-09 calls for an Ombudsman to aide in efforts to promote and facilitate resolution of OFCCP matters with government contractors. The posting for this position, located in Washington DC and slated as a salary grade G15, closed today.