Republican Senator Lamar Alexander introduced the NLRB Reform Act, S.2814, which would, among other things: (1) add a sixth member to the NLRB; (2) limit partisan advocacy; (3) rein in the NLRB’s general counsel; (4) speed up the NLRB’s decision-making; (5) require four members of the expanded NLRB to agree in order for a decision to be issued; (6) synchronize the five-year terms of Board members; and (7) permit businesses and unions to challenge complaints by the Board’s General Counsel in federal district court.

President Obama announced his intention to nominate Allison Beck, current Deputy Director for the National and International Programs at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, to be the new director for the Service.

John Kline (R-Minn.), Chairman of the House of Education and the Workforce Committee, and Phil Roe (R- Tenn.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, sent a letter to NLRB General Counsel (GC) Richard F. Griffin requesting the following by September 30, 2014: (1) a description of the current “joint-employer” test; (2) a list of “[a]ll open complaints in which joint-employer status is an issue”; and (3) “[a]ny documents and communications” related to closed complaints where joint employment was at issue. Since the letter was issued, Republican senators have continued to ask GC Griffin for clarification and justification (i.e., on September 25, 2014, 25 lawmakers wrote a letter to Mr. Griffin seeking his rationale for his recent efforts to expand franchisers’ joint employer liability).