Employment Law Report

Senate Committee Approves Perez to be Secretary of Labor and Holds Hearing on NLRB Nominees

By Edwin S. Hopson

On May 16, 2013, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 12 to 10 along party lines in favor of Thomas Perez’ nomination to be Secretary of Labor. 

The committee also on that date held a hearing on the five nominations by President Obama to the National labor Relations Board.  A vote by the committee on the NLRB nominations is expected on May 22, 2013.  It can be anticipated that Republican senators will oppose the Perez nomination, and several of the nominations to the NLRB once the Democrat majority seeks to move for a vote by the entire Senate on these nominations.