June 30, 2017

William Emanuel Selected for Nomination for National Labor Relations Board Vacancy

BY: Thomas Lenz, L. Brent Garrett

On June 27th, President Trump announced the selection of William Emanuel, an experienced management-side labor attorney in private practice, for the second of two vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB oversees and adjudicates union elections and disputes between employers, workers, and unions. It also enacts rules and regulations in furtherance of its role to enforce the National Labor Relations Act. As with last week’s nomination of Marvin Kaplan, the nomination will proceed to the Senate for confirmation proceedings.

If confirmed, the two Republican nominees, along with Chairman Philip Miscimarra, would shift control of the NLRB from Democrat to Republican. The Senate confirmation vote is expected to take place within the next few months.

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Thomas Lenz

Thomas Lenz


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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


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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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