By Brendan O'Brien
Jan 8 (Reuters) - Former National Labor Relations Board
member Brian Hayes has joined Ogletree Deakins as a shareholder
and co-chair of the firm's traditional labor relations practice
His two-year term on the board ended on Dec. 16.
Hayes, who was appointed in June 2010 by President Barack
Obama, was the only Republican on the board until January 2012,
when Terence Flynn joined.
During his term, Hayes held pro-management positions on
several key issues involving the use of social media in the
workplace, notice postings and narrow bargaining units.
Hayes on Tuesday said his most important contribution was
providing a dissenting viewpoint during a "very, very dynamic"
time for the board.
"It's important, when any kind of government or bureaucratic
agency or judicatory body goes in a direction that's somewhat
different than it has before, that there will be someone there
to articulate a different view of things," he said.
Hayes added that his dissenting views were valuable to
federal courts that handle appeals and enforce NLRB orders.
"All arguments have two sides and the other side has to be
articulated fairly and honestly for there to be the kind of
debate necessary to develop good policy," he said.
Prior to the NLRB appointment, Hayes served as the
Republican labor policy director for the U.S. Senate Committee
on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
He began his legal career as a clerk for the NLRB's chief
administrative law judge and served as counsel to the NLRB
Hayes will be based in the firm's Washington office.
Ogletree Deakins is a labor and employment firm that
represents management. The firm has 650 attorneys in the United
States and Europe.
Follow us on Twitter @ReutersLegal | Like us on Facebook