The new Board already has overturned five significant decisions from the Obama Board. The controversial decision in Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors Ltd rescinded a 2015 ruling easing the path for workers to hold affiliated companies liable as joint employers for the others’ violations of labor rules.
However, the Republican majority has an extensive list of decisions yet to overturn. These include the past Board’s Purple Communications ruling, allowing workers to use company email systems for union business, and decisions limiting the rules employers can impose on their employees. These and other decisions are included on the list of items proposed for review by the NLRB’s Republican General Counsel.
As expected, Democratic lawmakers attacked Ring in advance of the vote based on his career of representing the interests of companies against workers and unions. This follows controversy regarding Republican board member Bill Emanuel’s need for recusal in the Hy-Brand ruling and Republican General Counsel Peter Robb’s plans to cut costs by restructuring the agency’s Regional Director system, which would subject the Regional Directors to new oversight.
- The NLRB has been restored to a 3-2, employer-friendly, Republican majority.