• Insufficient Funding Hampers Mission, NLRB General Counsel Says
  • May 17, 2017 | Authors: Howard M. Bloom; Ethan J. Davis; Patrick L. Egan; Matthew D. Freeman; Philip B. Rosen; Jonathan J. Spitz
  • Law Firms: Jackson Lewis P.C. - Boston Office; Jackson Lewis P.C. - New York Office; Jackson Lewis P.C. - Atlanta Office
  • The NLRB is not sufficiently funded to meet its mission, its General Counsel Richard Griffin has admitted. In a March 10, 2017, Memorandum, Griffin wrote to management personnel in the NLRB’s regional offices that “years” of “flat fund[ing]” has had a “detrimental effect on the public.” Memorandum GC 17-02. Ever hopeful, however, in its Fiscal Year 2017 OMB Budget Submission, the NLRB seeks additional funding to “efficiently and effectively” process “comprehensive and complex cases” such as “nationwide efforts to improve the wages ... of retail and fast food workers,” “expanded use of mandatory arbitration clauses in employment” agreements, and the expanded use of technology and social media by employees to discuss employment outside the workplace, among other things.