Friday, July 10, 2009
And then there were three. After a delay following the naming of the Democratic nominees (likely the result of Senate Republicans), the White House has just announced that they have nominated Brian Hayes as the final--Republican--member of the NLRB. They have also sent all the nominations to the Senate. According to the press release:
Brian Hayes currently serves as the Republican Labor Policy Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). Previously, Mr. Hayes was in private legal practice for over twenty-five years. His practice was devoted exclusively to representing management clients in all aspects of labor and employment law. He has represented employers in scores of cases before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and various state fair employment practice agencies. He has served as chief trial counsel in the full range of employment claims in both state and Federal courts. Mr. Hayes has extensive experience in negotiating labor contracts on behalf of management clients, as well as representing clients in arbitrations, mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. He has argued a number of significant labor cases before the Federal Courts of Appeal; and regularly counseled clients regarding compliance with the full range of state and Federal labor laws including OSHA, FMLA, Title VII and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Before entering private practice, Mr. Hayes clerked for the Chief Judge of the National Labor Relations Board and thereafter served as Counsel to the Chairman of the NLRB. In addition to his private practice Mr. Hayes was a member of the adjunct faculty at Western New England Law School where he taught classes in Labor Law, Collective-Bargaining, Arbitration and Employment Litigation. He is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia bars, and the American Bar Association and its Labor and Employment Law Section. Mr. Hayes earned his undergraduate degree from Boston College and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Hopefully, the Senate will move relatively quickly now that they finally have all the nominees, as it would be nice to stop having to worry about the validity of the two-member Board. It's also my impression that Board morale would also be greatly improved once we get all the nominees in place.
Hat Tip: Dennis Walsh, Jeff Wilson, and others.