Senate Confirms Kaplan to Labor Board

On a party line 50-48 vote, the Senate yesterday confirmed Marvin Kaplan, one of President Trump’s two nominees, to the five-member National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The Republican appointee means the current board consists of two Republicans and two Democrats, with one seat remaining vacant.

Kaplan has served as chief counsel of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission since September 2015.

The Senate vote was significant, as the NLRB oversees workplace disputes, unfair labor practices and union elections.

A vote on President Trump’s other nominee, William Emanuel, is not expected to occur until after the August congressional recess.

If Emanuel is confirmed, Republicans will hold a majority on the NLRB for the first time in years, and are expected to bring balance and fairness to a board that tilted heavily pro-union during the Obama era.

NAHB and other business groups opposed a 2105 NLRB ruling that greatly expanded the definition of the joint employer standard and also opposed the board’s 2014 ruling that would dramatically speed up union elections in the workplace.

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