Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has announced the suspension of all representation elections, including mail ballot elections, through April 3, 2020. The NLRB could extend the suspension if necessary.

The NLRB indicated the health and safety of its employees, as well as members of the public involved in the election process, necessitated this significant action.

It also reasoned that several Regional Offices have closed, and thus, it is not “possible to effectively conduct elections at this time.”

The suspension of representation elections is the NLRB’s most recent step to handle the effects of COVID-19 within the agency. The NLRB directed agency-wide telework on March 16, 2020, and has closed five Regional Offices – two on March 10 and three others on March 15 – due to possible COVID-19 exposure.

The NLRB has not told employers the dates on which their postponed elections will be rescheduled. It is likely (but not required) the local regional office will contact the parties seeking to reschedule to a mutually agreeable date. However, if the parties cannot agree, the regional director has the discretion to reschedule the date unilaterally.

Please contact a Jackson Lewis attorney if you have any questions.

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Photo of Howard M. Bloom Howard M. Bloom

Howard M. Bloom is a Principal in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has practiced labor and employment law representing exclusively employers for more than 36 years.

Mr. Bloom counsels clients in a variety of industries on labor law issues.

Howard M. Bloom is a Principal in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has practiced labor and employment law representing exclusively employers for more than 36 years.

Mr. Bloom counsels clients in a variety of industries on labor law issues. He trains and advises executives, managers and supervisors on union awareness and positive employee relations, and assists employers in connection with union card-signing efforts, traditional union representation and corporate campaigns, and union decertification campaigns. He also represents clients at the National Labor Relations Board in connection with bargaining unit issues, objections and challenges, as well as unfair labor practice investigations and trials. Mr. Bloom also has been the spokesperson at countless first and successor contract collective bargaining negotiations, and regularly advises on collective bargaining agreement administration issues, including grievance/arbitration issues.

Mr. Bloom has appeared before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, several U.S. District Courts, the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Mr. Bloom speaks frequently to employer groups on a wide range of labor and employment law topics. He also has written extensively on labor and employment law for a variety of publications, including New England Business magazine, The Boston Globe and the Boston Business Journal. He also is editor of and a frequent contributor to the Jackson Lewis Labor & Collective Bargaining Blog.

While attending law school, he was the Executive Editor of The Advocate: the Suffolk University Law School Journal and President of the Student Bar Association.

Mr. Bloom is a diehard baseball fan. His first book, The Baseball Uncyclopedia: A Highly Opinionated Myth-Busting Guide to the Great American Game, was published in February 2006.

Photo of Jonathan J. Spitz Jonathan J. Spitz

Jonathan J. Spitz is a principal in the Atlanta, Georgia, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. and co-leader of the firm’s Labor Relations practice group.