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Telebriefs®: How President Trump’s National Labor Relations Board Nominations Will Affect Businesses

President Trump recently nominated two Republican candidates to fill the vacant positions on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The first being William Emanuel and the second, Marvin Kaplan, both of whom come from a management-side perspective on labor relations. If these two nominations are confirmed by the Senate, the NLRB would comprise a 3:2 Republican majority. For the last seven years, the NLRB has been under a Democratic majority and made several decisions which were intended to stretch the limits of employee protection under the NLRA – sometimes illogically so. Specifically, in the recent past, the Board has focused on Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which guarantees employees the right to engage in concerted protected activity – meaning, employees have the right, even in a non-unionized environment, to come together and discuss wages, hours, and terms and conditions of employment. A Republican majority will now probably mean that several of the Board’s recent decisions will most likely be rescinded or modified greatly. To learn more about the effects of these NLRB nominations, listen to this week’s Telebrief here.

Also in this week’s Telebrief: News regarding class action waivers, how to legally accommodate extended FMLA leave, and reminders about submitting position statements to the EEOC.

Questions about ­­­­­the NLRB or other topics from this week’s Telebrief?

Contact Howard K. Kurman at or 410-209-6417.


About the Telebriefs®

The Telebriefs® are 30-minute, information-packed phone calls geared towards executives, HR directors, supervisors, managers, and business owners. Join Howard K. Kurman, as he discusses employment law developments occurring over the past two weeks that will most significantly impact employers nationwide. These twice-monthly phone calls are an easy way to stay current and compliant with the latest employment law developments that will significantly affect you and your company. The goal is to provide information and insights to help executives stay current with the latest workplace law developments and in front of trends, to enable proactive policy-making and management. Our guarantee: You will learn something useful, on every call!


Howard Kurman Casual-SmallHoward K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.

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