A brief summary of the NLRA and the NLRB
This act may have been enacted in 1935 but it sure is trendy even today as I write this, November 12, 2018. Litigation is continuous and it surely keeps the NLRB busy. I plan to post important cases and wanted to provide an introduction and overview. Future NLRA related posts will provide the court case name and updates to case specific litigation.
What does the NLRB do?
- Supervises elections for labor union representation and can investigate and remedy unfair labor practices
Who governs the NLRB?
- A five-person board and a General Counsel, all of whom are appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate.
How long are terms for Board Members and the General Counsel?
- Board members are appointed to five-year terms and the General Counsel is appointed to a four-year term.
What do Board Members and General Counsel do?
- The General Counsel acts as a prosecutor and the Board acts as an appellate quasi-judicial body from decisions of administrative law judges.
Who isn’t covered by the NLRA?
- Workers who are covered by the Railway Labor Act, agricultural employees, domestic employees, supervisors, federal, state or local government workers, independent contractors and some close relatives of individual employers.