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NLRB Avoids Drastic Budget Cut

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The U.S. House and Senate passed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill on Thursday, sparing the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from drastic budget reductions recently proposed by the Trump administration. The NLRB was allocated a budget of $278 million, matching the level of funding it received in 2017.

 

Prior to the bill’s passage, the NLRB had submitted a budget justification asking for an annualized funding level of $258 million for the remainder of fiscal year 2018 – the Trump administration has proposed even further cuts to that amount for next year. This reduced funding proposal from the Trump administration caused NLRB general counsel Peter Robb to announce a series of potential initiatives the NLRB would consider, including a reduction in the number of NLRB employees  and organization changes .

 

Joseph Hess

Joseph D. Hess is an associate in the Grand Rapids office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. He is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Department. Mr. Hess counsels and defends employers and managers across all industries in a wide range of pre-litigation and litigation matters, including discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Medical and Leave Act (FMLA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Title VII and state-law counterparts, wage and hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and restrictive covenants. His practice also involves handling traditional labor matters under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), including multiple facets of collective bargaining and defending against unfair labor practice charges.

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