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Latest nomination expected to boost NLRB’s new agenda

Date: January 19, 2018

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, Partner, Kevin McCormick quoted in HR Hero article: 

The announcement of President Donald Trump's nominee for the vacant seat on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is another sign that some controversial prolabor decisions of the Obama-era Board will be revised.

John Ring, a management-side attorney with the Washington, D.C., office of prominent law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, was announced as the nominee on January 12. If confirmed by the Senate, he will take the seat vacated by Philip A. Miscimarra, whose term ended December 16.

The Board currently has two Republicans—newly named Board Chair Marvin E. Kaplan and William J. Emanuel—and two Democrats—Mark Gaston Pearce and Lauren McFerran. Assuming Ring is confirmed, Republicans will hold a 3-2 majority capable of rolling back decisions from the Obama-era NLRB.

“He's a great choice,” Kevin C. McCormick, an attorney with Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, L.L.P., in Baltimore and an editor of Maryland Employment Law Letter, said of Ring and added that he will be “a refreshing voice” on the NLRB. More importantly, however, he will provide the vote necessary to revisit the prolabor decisions of the Obama era.

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