At the end of September the Senate confirmed Eugene Scalia as the new Labor Secretary. The son of deceased Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia was confirmed by a vote of 53-44, along party lines.
The National Labor Relations Board set a 2022 goal of reducing its case processing time by 20%. As of the end of September (the NLRB fiscal year), they had already achieved a 17.5% time reduction. The average time from the filing of an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) to final disposition has dropped from 90 to 74 days.
The Department of Labor settled on a mandatory overtime threshold of $35,000, moving up from the $23,600 standard set by the George W. Bush administration, yet under the $47,000 mark attempted by President Obama. The new rule will take effect at the beginning of the new year.
In the spring of this year, an NLRB judge ruled that a T-Mobile internal program designed to collect gripes from call center employees was an illegal company-run labor organization, and ordered the group disbanded. The Communications Workers of America were behind the push, complaining because the group was thwarting their efforts to unionize workers. A three-member NLRB panel overturned this ruling on September 30th, declaring the T-Voice program is not a company-controlled union, and that the group functioned simply as a “suggestion box” for worker concerns.