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Howard M. Bloom

Principal
Boston

P 617-367-0025
F 617-367-2155
BloomH@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 36 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.

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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January 17, 2018
XpertHR USA

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

January 4, 2018
SHRM

Howard Bloom Comments on Implications of Peter Robb's Recent General Counsel Memo

January 4, 2018

Howard Bloom comments on implications of the NLRB's Board Office of the General Counsel issuing a memorandum signaling the agency's new approach to many controversial rulings and interpretations from the Obama-era board in "More Obama NLRB Decisions May Be Ditched," published by SHRM. Subscription may be... Read More

December 20, 2017
Workers' Compensation Institute

Howard Bloom Discusses NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb and Joint Employment Rule

December 20, 2017

Howard Bloom discusses NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb and a reversal in the previous administration’s stance on joint employment and other policy shifts in "NLRB Signals Shift in Joint Employment Rule, Misclassification Rules," published by the Workers' Compensation Institute. Read More

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February 9, 2018

Employers Take Note: Labor Board Poised to Reverse Additional Obama-Era Work Rule Interpretations

February 9, 2018

The National Labor Relations Board has taken another giant step toward repudiating the Obama-era Board’s highly restrictive interpretations of work rules, set forth in Lutheran Heritage-Livonia, 343 NLRB 646 (2004). In Grill Concepts Services, Inc. v. NLRB, Nos. 16-1238, 1287, at the Board’s request, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the... Read More

January 18, 2018

Top Five Labor Law Developments for December 2017

January 18, 2018

In Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors, 365 NLRB No. 156 (Dec. 14, 2017), the National Labor Relations Board overruled Browning-Ferris Industries, 362 NLRB No. 186 (2015), an Obama-era decision that held two entities are joint employers under the National Labor Relations Act where the second employer exercises indirect control over... Read More

January 5, 2018

Labor Board Sets New Standard for Determining Lawfulness of Facially Neutral Workplace Rules

January 5, 2018

The National Labor Relations Board has established a new test for evaluating the lawfulness of an employer’s facially neutral workplace policies and rules. Among the most consequential of the Board’s recent bombshell NLRB decisions was The Boeing Company, 365 NLRB No. 154 (Dec. 15, 2017), in which the NLRB overruled its controversial... Read More

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NLRB Extends Time For Filing Responses To “Quickie Election” Request For Information
January 26, 2018

The National Labor Relations Board has extended the time for filing responses to its request for information regarding its 2014 election rule. The new date for submissions is Monday, March 19, 2018. In that request for information, the NLRB asked three questions: Should the 2014 Election Rule be retained without change? Read More

Most NLRB Personnel on Furlough Until Appropriations Bill Signed into Law
January 22, 2018

Bloomberg BNA reports that 99.4 percent of the National Labor Relations Board’s employees (1,426 out of 1,435) are furloughed beginning January 22, 2018, according to the Board’s contingency plan. Read More

New NLRB GC Opens Door to Possible Widespread Bargaining Unit Changes
December 25, 2017

The National Labor Relations Board General Counsel’s Division of Operations Management has issued a sweeping Memorandum to Regional Offices setting forth a variety of circumstances under which those offices should process “currently active [representation] cases” applying the NLRB’s recent decision (PCC Structurals, Inc.) that overrule Read More