An Update on Labor Law Lite

A personal announcement.

Some of you have noticed that I haven’t posted anything to Labor Law Lite in over a month. The short of it is that I have been interviewing for a position in a regional office of the National Labor Relations Board during this time and jumping through the administrative hoops required of me. I can now announce that I have accepted an offer for this position and will be starting with the NLRB in a few weeks.

Working for the Board has been my dream since law school. After weathering what appeared to be an unofficial hiring freeze at the agency for the last three years, I am excited and honored to begin working a job that will be comprised solely of interpreting and enforcing the National Labor Relations Act. This is basically heaven for my obsessive, one-track mind.

So suffice it to say, I will no longer be commenting on current political events or contested matters of national labor policy. I will leave this blog up for posterity and, perhaps, to comment here and there about purely historical matters that intrigue me, but as of today I am discontinuing any recurring payments that subscribers are currently making on Stripe. I remain eternally grateful for those of you who decided to financially contribute to read my ramblings on esoteric issues of federal labor law.

I’m not sure I ever thought that a grassroots hobby as this was even possible, but the last eleven months of running the blog—and observing the nearly 2,000 email subscriptions Labor Law Lite has accrued in that time—convinced me that there is far more interest in traditional labor law than what is suggested by the discipline’s gradual disappearance from law schools and its shrinking presence versus the practice of modern employment law. My greatest satisfaction in writing here has been the knowledge that discussion of these ideas can take place outside of the paywalls of trade journals and the obscurity of law reviews, and I am proud to have drawn readers from all corners of the spectrum: union-side lawyers, management-side lawyers, NLRB employees (some of them formerly and currently very high up in the food chain!), National Right to Work personnel, professors, union members, HR advisers, and most importantly, students and prospective students.

For those who are interested in discussing labor law as a career or just want to chat about the random minutiae of certain doctrines (that you don’t happen to be actively litigating, of course), you can reach me at brandonmagner11@gmail.com. I am excited to see where the law takes us in the coming years.

In Solidarity,

Brandon