New General Counsel Sworn In For The NLRB

Volume 16, Issue 20
November 28, 2017

On November 17, 2017, Attorney Peter B. Robb was sworn in as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) for a four-year term. Mr. Robb was nominated by President Trump in September and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 8, 2017. He replaces President Obama's appointee, Richard F. Griffin, Jr., who served as General Counsel from November 4, 2013 to October 31, 2017.

Mr. Robb is a seasoned management-side labor and employment lawyer who most recently practiced with a northern New England law firm. During his legal career, Mr. Robb has served as a regional field attorney with the NLRB and as chief counsel to former Board member Robert Hunter. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University.

The Office of the General Counsel is independent from the Board and is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of unfair labor practice cases, as well as for supervising the NLRB field offices. The General Counsel is instrumental in setting NLRB policy because he decides which cases will be prosecuted by the NLRB and directs the regional field offices as to enforcement priorities and case-handling practices.

Employers and legal commentators expect that Mr. Robb will roll back some of the Obama Board's extreme changes to NLRB law such as the ambush election rules and the new joint employer standard adopted in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc. KZA's Gregory J. Kamer offered the following thoughts on Mr. Robb's appointment: "Mr. Robb has a very low hurdle to jump if he is to surpass the two previous General Counsels. Let's hope he can bring a measure of balance back to the Agency."

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