William J. Emanuel was sworn in yesterday as a National Labor Relations Board Member for a term ending on August 27, 2021. He succeeds Kent Y. Hirozawa, who served on the Board from August 5, 2013 to August 27, 2016. Mr. Emanuel was confirmed by the Senate on September 25, 2017.
Board Chairman Philip A. Miscimarra stated, “It is a pleasure to welcome William J. Emanuel to the National Labor Relations Board. He has devoted his extensive legal career to labor and employment law. My colleagues and I look forward to working with Member Emanuel.”
Prior to his appointment to the NLRB, Mr. Emanuel served as a shareholder with the law firm Littler Mendelson, P.C. Before joining Littler Mendelson, he practiced management labor law at several other firms, including Jones Day and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. He has authored labor publications and several amicus curiae briefs. He served as the former Chairman of the Labor Relations Advisory Committee and as the former Chair of the Employers Group Legal Committee. Mr. Emanuel received his J.D. from Georgetown University, and his B.A. from Marquette University.
Established in 1935, the National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency that protects employers and employees from unfair labor practices, and protects the right of private sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve wages, benefits and working conditions. The NLRB conducts hundreds of workplace elections and investigates thousands of unfair labor practice charges each year.