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National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C.National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

The Trump administration is moving forward with the expected nomination of Peter Robb, a management-side labor law attorney in Vermont, to serve as general counsel to the National Labor Relations Board as the agency nears a Republican majority for the first time in nearly a decade.

Robb’s nomination, as a critic of several NLRB decisions under Democratic leadership, sets the stage for the new business-friendly makeup at the board to rollback Obama-era decisions in recent years, including rulings on social media policies, union elections and the rules governing the standard for what constitutes a joint employer relationship.

Peter Robb.

Management-side lawyers cheered word of Robb’s nomination, formally announced last week, to replace Obama administration general counsel Richard Griffin, whose term expires in November. Griffin, who is expected to argue in a closely watched U.S. Supreme Court case in October, hasn’t announced his post-agency plans.

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