Bloomberg Law
July 14, 2021, 7:48 PMUpdated: July 14, 2021, 10:05 PM

Presidents Can Fire NLRB General Counsels, U.S. Judge Says (2)

Robert Iafolla
Robert Iafolla

President Joe Biden’s firing of the National Labor Relations Board’s Trump-era general counsel didn’t prevent the board from seeking a court order against a metal processing company, a New Jersey federal judge said.

Federal labor law clearly gives presidents the authority to fire NLRB general counsels without cause, U.S. District Judge Noel Hillman said in a decision that granted the agency’s request for an injunction against Amerinox Processing Inc. But Hillman didn’t specifically rule on the legality of Biden’s Inauguration Day termination of Peter Robb.

The decision appears to be a poor vehicle to get the broader legal dispute ...

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