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04 Dec 2017 General Counsel Memo Signals Brighter Days for Employers

  In a move that will certainly please employers, Peter Robb, the recently confirmed general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), issued a memo last week freezing all Obama-era NLRB decisions that overturned precedent. The memo orders regional directors around the country to seek advice from the Washington, D.C., office on cases that involve board decisions from “the last eight years that overruled precedent and involved one or more dissents.”   The sweeping…

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09 Nov 2017 Game Changer? New NLRB General Counsel Confirmed By Senate

  The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) makeover continues. On Nov. 8, Peter Robb became the board’s new general counsel when he was confirmed by the Senate. Robb’s addition to the NLRB is potentially great news for employers, as he likely brings a more business-friendly approach than his predecessor Richard Griffin. With Griffin at the helm, the NLRB significantly departed from long-established precedent favoring employers, such as its test for finding “joint employment.”   The…

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21 Sep 2017 President Trump Taps New England Labor Lawyer for NLRB’s General Counsel Post

  Late on Sept. 15, the White House formally announced that President Trump will, in fact, nominate Peter B. Robb, a management-side labor lawyer from Vermont, to be the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) general counsel.   If confirmed, Robb will replace the NLRB’s current pro-union general counsel, Richard Griffin, in November. While Robb has had a lengthy career as a labor lawyer, he may be best known for being lead counsel for the Federal…

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25 Aug 2017 Businesses Say ‘Yes’ to Robb as Labor Board’s Top Lawyer

  Peter Robb, a Vermont management-side labor lawyer, is expected to be named general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), pending a background check as reported in various industry publications. Robb would replace outgoing NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin whose term expires Oct. 31.   Robb currently represents businesses in labor disputes at Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC and, with the board slated to have a GOP majority for the first time in a…

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21 Mar 2017 No Vacancy: U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates Most of Former Acting NLRB GC’s Tenure

  First there was the New Process Steel case in 2010, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) needed at least three lawfully-appointed members to render decisions. Then, in 2014, the Supreme Court held in its Noel Canning decision that former President Obama overstepped his “recess appointment authority” by appointing three members to the NLRB when congress was not in “recess.” Now, we have the Southwest Ambulance case.  …

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