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Howard M. Bloom

Principal
Boston

P 617-367-0025
F 617-367-2155
Howard.Bloom@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

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 39 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.

Honors and Recognitions

JD Supra Readers Choice Top Author 2019
The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Massachusetts State Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Amherst, Massachusetts, town meeting member
  • Charles River School in Dover, Massachusetts, Board of Trustees

Published Works

  • "Employee Rights: The Latest in Corporate Grievance Procedures," Boston Business Journal (August 25-31, 1995) [Author]
  • "Resolving Workplace Issues," The Boston Globe (January 7, 1992) [Author]
  • "Supervisor/Bargaining Unit Member Participation in Union Removal Efforts: Is the Company Responsible?" Labor Law Journal (April 1984) [Author]
  • Employer's Guide to Employment Law. MA: Town Crier Press, 1984. [Co-Author]
  • Winning NLRB Elections: Management Strategy and Preventive Programs [Contributing Author]

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May 30, 2019
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Jackson Lewis Recommended in The Legal 500 2019

May 30, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 30, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and its attorneys have been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2019 in the following practice areas falling under the Labor and Employment designation: Employee Benefits... Read More

February 6, 2019
Material Handling & Logistics News

Howard Bloom, Philip Rosen and Jonathan Spitz Comment on Union Membership Trends in 2018

February 6, 2019

Howard Bloom, Philip Rosen and Jonathan Spitz comment on implications of the decline in union memberships in "Union Membership Stagnant in 2018," published by Material Handling and Logistics News. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

January 17, 2018
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Howard Bloom Comments on Implications of the Recent NLRB Rulings

January 17, 2018

Howard Bloom comments on implications of the recent NLRB rulings and what this means for HR in "The NLRB Goes Back to the Future," published by Xpert HR USA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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Labor Board Corrects ‘Unjustified Asymmetry’ in Anticipatory Withdrawal of Union Recognition Doctrine

August 21, 2019

Since 2001, an employer presented with evidence that at least 50 percent of its unionized bargaining unit no longer wanted to be represented by the union could anticipatorily withdraw recognition from that union. The union, however, could rebut that evidence by showing that, subsequent to the employer’s pronouncement and prior to the... Read More

August 20, 2019

Supreme Court’s Epic Systems Decision on Arbitration Interpreted Broadly by Labor Board

August 20, 2019

An employer may lawfully issue to its employees a new or revised mandatory arbitration agreement containing a class- and collective-action waiver specifying that employment disputes are to be resolved by individualized arbitration, even if it was in response to employees opting into a collective action (such as a wage lawsuit), the... Read More

August 15, 2019

Top Five Labor Law Developments for July 2019

August 15, 2019

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel’s Division of Advice has found an employer did not violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it fired an employee based on the mistaken belief that she divulged confidential wage information. Centura, 27-CA-234214 (Adv. Mem. June 24, 2019, released July 16, 2019). As... Read More

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Supreme Court’s Epic Systems Decision on Arbitration Interpreted Broadly by Labor Board
August 20, 2019

An employer may lawfully issue to its employees a new or revised mandatory arbitration agreement containing a class- and collective-action waiver specifying that employment disputes are to be resolved by individualized arbitration, even if it was in response to employees opting into a collective action (such as a wage lawsuit), the Nation Read More

NLRB Issues Proposed Rules To Modify Portions Of Its Election Procedures
August 9, 2019

The National Labor Relations Board has issued a proposed rule to modify three aspects of its election procedures.  According to the board’s announcement, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which will be published in the Federal Register on Monday and be subject to a comment period, would affect the Board’s blocking charge rule, Read More

NLRB Overrules Obama-Board Independent Contractor Precedent, Reinstates Common Law Test
January 26, 2019

The National Labor Relations Board has overruled FedEx Home Delivery, 361 NLRB 610 (2014). Read More