NLRB Prime Lawyer Eyes Employee Standing in Charting Authorized Plans

The National Labor Relations Board’s new top lawyer previewed her goals for changing federal labor law, including the test for determining employee status, the boundaries of protected worker activity, and the extent of employers’ duty to bargain with unions.

General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo issued a memo Thursday instructing regional staffers to send cases that raise her chosen legal issues to headquarters, providing potential vehicles to wipe out old precedents and establish new ones.

The memo serves as a roadmap for Abruzzo’s policy priorities as the agency pivots from its pro-business stance during the Trump administration. Her powers as general counsel …

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