On Oct. 16, despite the government shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed a motion to continue with the consideration of Richard Griffin Jr. as the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board. The Senate is now set to vote on this appointment on Monday, Oct. 28th.
The move hopefully marks progress for the NLRB, which has had a number of false starts in 2013. The appointment of the previous GC of the NLRB was ruled invalid in August, and efforts to replace the sitting GC have been slow. The invalidation followed a case in which the NLRB sought an injunction against an employer, the call for injunction was denied and, through further decisions in the case, GC Lafe Solomon’s appointment was ruled invalid.