On Tuesday, June 24, the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing entitled, “What Should Workers and Employers Expect Next From the National Labor Relations Board?” 

The Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), said in a press release: “The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has taken a number of pro-union actions in recent years, including advancing an ambush election rule and restricting worker access to secret ballot elections.  The NLRB is currently considering a number of issues that could significantly affect the future of labor-management relations.  These include whether employees have a right to use work email accounts for union organizing and the proper standard for determining joint employer status.  Also looming over the board is the pending Supreme Court decision in Noel Canning, which will determine the constitutionality of the January 2012 non-recess recess appointments to the NLRB.  As part of the committee’s continued oversight, Tuesday’s hearing will provide members an opportunity to discuss these and other issues pending before the NLRB.”

Witnesses included:

Mr. Andrew F. Puzder – CEO, CKE Restaurants (Carpinteria, CA)

Mr. Seth H. Borden – Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (New York, NY)

Mr. James Coppess – Associate General Counsel, AFL-CIO (Washington, DC)

Mr. G. Roger King – Of Counsel, Jones Day (Columbus, OH)

For more information and archived video of the Subcommittee hearing, see the Hearing webpage.