June 26, 2017

New Nominee Announced for the National Labor Relations Board

BY: Thomas Lenz, L. Brent Garrett

On June 19th, President Trump announced his intention to nominate attorney Marvin Kaplan, a Republican, to the National Labor Relations Board. Kaplan currently serves as Chief Counsel of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Previously, Kaplan worked with the U.S. House of Representatives.

The NLRB, which oversees union elections and disputes between employers, workers, and unions, has had a Democrat majority for close to a decade. Currently the Board has two Democrats, one Republican, and two vacancies. Kaplan would serve the remainder of a five-year term expiring August 27, 2020. The term of the Board’s only Republican, Chairman Phil Miscimarra, expires in December 2017.

If confirmed as a Member of the NLRB, Kaplan and other Board Members will review, and make rulings on, the NLRB’s litigated cases, as well as consider rules and regulations for the National Labor Relations Board in furtherance of the Agency’s role to enforce the National Labor Relations Act.

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Thomas Lenz

Thomas Lenz

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(626) 583-8600

tlenz@aalrr.com

Thomas Lenz is a partner handling all aspects of labor and employment law issues from the firm’s Pasadena and Cerritos offices. He heads the firm’s traditional labor and National Labor Relations Board practices. He works with employers in all major industries across California and the West. Mr. Lenz currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section for the State Bar of California. He also serves as a Lecturer in Law, teaching at the USC Gould School of Law.

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L. Brent Garrett

L. Brent Garrett

Partner

(562) 653-3200

bgarrett@aalrr.com

Brent Garrett is a partner in the firm's Cerritos and Irvine offices and is a member of the firm’s Private Labor and Employment Group. He exclusively represents management in labor and employment matters. He is also a frequent contributor to the Firm’s Labor Relations Blog, providing analysis and commentary about new developments in the area of traditional labor law.

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