Two New Republican Candidates to Round Out the NLRB

By Hilary Atkins posted 05-13-2017 07:51 AM


If leaking news reports are correct, President Trump is set to nominate Marvin Kaplan and William Emmanuel to the two open seats on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Kaplan served as Republican workforce policy counsel for the House Education and the Workforce Committee, was a leader in the recent fight against DOL overtime regulations, and played a prominent part in voicing opposition against controversial NLRB recess appointments back in 2012.

Emmanuel is a shareholder with big labor law firm Littler, Mendelson in the Los Angeles office. His clients include business groups seeking to invalidate state laws allowing unions to trespass on their property.

If these nominees are confirmed by the Senate, the NLRB will have its first Republican majority in nine years. (As a side note, even if Kaplan and Emmanuel aren’t nominated and/or appointed, other Republican candidates will take their place(s) and a Republican majority is inevitable.)