• Jayme L. Sophir has been named chief of the Regional Advice Brach in the Advice Division of the NLRB.
  • l The Senate sent the nomination of union attorney Craig Becker (D) for a vacancy on the National Labor Relations Board back to the White House on Dec. 24. Becker is associate general counsel for the Service Employees International Union and staff counsel for AFL-CIO, and his nomination to the Board has drawn substantial opposition from the Republicans and some Democratic senators concerned about his pronounced pro-union bias.
  • On Dec. 30, the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards issued a final rule that it is extending the deadlines for unions to file Form T-1 Trust Annual Reports, which, absent this final rule, would have to be filed during the 2010 calendar year. The rule provides that those reports that would be due in 2010 must be filed in 2011, and was issued in anticipation of the Department’s “intention to propose the withdrawal of the Form T-1 rule as early as January 2010.”