The NLRB’s General Counsel, Ron Meisburg, recently announced his anticipated resignation, effective June 20, 2010. Meisburg’s departure now frees President Obama to appoint Meisburg’s successor. While a number of names as replacement GC have surfaced, no clear front runner has emerged.
President Obama’s recent recess appointments to the NLRB leave one Republican among three liberal Democrats. Should the opportunity present itself, the Board’s new composition will likely result in the overturning of two employer-friendly cases, Register Guard (email policy) and Oakwood Healthcare, Inc. (supervisory status). Overturning either of these cases may produce highly unfavorable results for employers. The Board already has such an opportunity in Register Guard. The D.C. Circuit recently remanded Register Guard for reconsideration on a limited basis, but the Board may seize the opportunity to reverse its initial holding.
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