Democrats seek to increase pressure on NLRB's William Emanuel

Democrats seek to increase pressure on NLRB's William Emanuel

Democratic lawmakers are trying to increase pressure on National Labor Relations Board member William Emanuel to answer questions about why he didn't recuse himself from a major case.

Ring, a former member of management-side firm Morgan Lewis, was set to have his confirmation hearing before the committee Wednesday, but Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., agreed to delay it at the request of Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the committee's top Democrat.

Emanuel, another Trump appointee and a former private-sector lawyer, provided a key vote in a case late last year called Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors Ltd. that overturned the Obama-era board's controversial "joint employer" policy.

Business groups praised the board's decision, arguing that the Obama board's policy was a vast overreach that would force companies out of the business of franchising.

In a written response, Emanuel confirmed that he had and argued he was no obligated to recuse himself because the connection to his former law firm, Littler Mendelson, was too remote to merit that.

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