WASHINGTON, DC— The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today announced the appointment of Judge Kenneth W. Chu as Associate Chief Administrative Law Judge in charge of the New York Office of Judges. He replaces Associate Chief Judge Mindy Landow, who recently passed away. In his new position, Judge Chu will handle the administration of the New York office, including ruling on pre-trial motions, docketing cases and assigning them to particular judges.
The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency charged with safeguarding employee rights to organize or not and to determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative. The agency also acts to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions.
The Division of Judges, which has offices in Washington, D.C., New York City, and San Francisco, is responsible for hearing unfair labor practice cases brought by the Board’s General Counsel on charges filed by unions, employers and individual employees. The Judges Division disposes of those cases, either by settlement or by conducting hearings and issuing initial decisions, which may then be appealed to the five-member Board and thereafter to an appropriate United States Court of Appeals.
Judge Chu has been an administrative law judge with the NLRB since 2012. He previously served as an administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration, including a stint as chief judge in its Brooklyn office. Before his appointment as a Social Security judge, he had a distinguished career with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, serving as an administrative judge and chief administrative judge with that agency. Judge Chu is a graduate of the City College of New York and received his JD degree from Brooklyn Law School. He is also an avid marathon runner.