Senate Confirms NLRB General Counsel

NOVEMBER 9, 2017

The Senate this week confirmed Peter Robb to serve as the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) General Counsel, succeeding Richard Griffin, whose term expired in October 2017. The Senate vote along party lines (49-46) means that Republicans now control the NLRB for the first time in a decade.

As General Counsel, Robb will be the NLRB’s top prosecutor, and he will have the discretion in deciding enforcement issues under the National Labor Relations Act. He also will have direct supervision over the attorneys in NLRB’s regional offices and in determining which cases to bring before the Board that now has a Republican majority.

Robb’s background is as a management-side lawyer, so it is anticipated that the cases he will bring before the Board will be vehicles to reverse many of the pro-employee, pro-labor decisions decided during the Obama administration and Mr. Griffin’s tenure as General Counsel.