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Labor Board Top Lawyer Targets Swath of Trump-era Rulings (1)

Jan. 18, 2022, 10:48 PMUpdated: Jan. 19, 2022, 12:04 AM

The National Labor Relations Board’s top lawyer urged the board to strike down a raft of Trump-era limitations on federal labor law’s protections for worker activity, in a bid to bolster legal safeguards for on-the-job activism.

General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo asked the Democratic-majority NLRB to revisit eight precedents set by the most recent Republican-controlled board. The general counsel’s office filed the brief last week in a case alleging a charter school advocacy group unlawfully fired a worker who criticized a manager’s suspected anti-immigrant bias.

Abruzzo seeks to broaden what’s considered concerted activity for mutual worker aid, which triggers the protections ...