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Members Marvin Kaplan and Lauren McFerran Begin Second Term on the NLRB

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Washington D.C. – The National Labor Relations Board welcomes Marvin E. Kaplan and Lauren M. McFerran back to the Board. Both Board Members were sworn in today.

Marvin E. Kaplan has served as a Member of the NLRB since August 10, 2017. On July 29, 2020, the Senate confirmed him for another term of five years expiring August 27, 2025.

Prior his appointment to the NLRB, Mr. Kaplan served as Chief Counsel to the Chairman of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Before his work with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, he served as counsel for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and as policy counsel for the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. He also worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards and with the law firm McDowell, Rice, Smith & Buchanan. Mr. Kaplan received his BS from Cornell University and his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.

Lauren McFerran served as a Member of the NLRB from December 17, 2014 until December 16, 2019. On July 29, 2020, the Senate confirmed her renomination as a Board Member for a term expiring on December 16, 2024.

Prior to her appointment to the NLRB, Ms. McFerran served as Chief Labor Counsel for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP Committee) and had also served the Committee as Deputy Staff Director. She began on the HELP Committee as Senior Labor Counsel for Senator Ted Kennedy and Senator Tom Harkin. Before her work in the United States Senate, Ms. McFerran was an associate at Bredhoff & Kaiser, P.L.L.C. She served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Carolyn Dineen King on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. McFerran received her B.A. from Rice University and her J.D. from Yale Law School.

Board Chairman John Ring stated, “It is my pleasure to welcome Members Kaplan and McFerran back to the National Labor Relations Board. They have both been devoted public servants and valuable members of the Board. I look forward to continuing to work with them as they begin their new terms on the Board.”

Established in 1935, the National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency that protects employees and employers, and unions from unfair labor practices and protects the right of private sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve wages, benefits and working conditions. The NLRB conducts hundreds of workplace elections and investigates thousands of unfair labor practice charges each year.