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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 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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November 15, 2018

union kNOw – November 2018

November 15, 2018

Labor Board Employees Protest Board Chairman Ring, General Counsel Robb Employees of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have publicly protested a decision by NLRB Chairman John Ring and NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb to reopen labor contracts covering employees’ terms and conditions of employment, according to media reports... Read More

November 8, 2018

Top Five Labor Law Developments for October 2018

November 8, 2018

The deadline for submitting comments regarding the National Labor Relations Board’s proposed rulemaking on the standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act has been extended to December 13, 2018. Under the Board’s proposed rule, joint-employer status will be found only where two entities... Read More

October 22, 2018

Labor Board: Secondary Picketing Not Protected, Subcontracted Janitors Lawfully Fired

October 22, 2018

In a ruling that may affect many industries, a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has held that a group of subcontracted janitors in San Francisco were justifiably fired after engaging in secondary picketing at the building where they worked. Preferred Building Services, Inc., 366 NLRB No. 159 (Aug. 28, 2018... Read More

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Labor Board Sets New Deadline for Submitting Comments on Proposed Joint-Employer Rulemaking
November 2, 2018

The National Labor Relations Board has extended the deadline for submitting comments regarding its proposed rulemaking on the standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act to December 13, 2018. Read More

Unions to Face Greater Scrutiny for Negligent Conduct to Their Members
October 18, 2018

National Labor Relations Board’s field office staff have been directed to prosecute a broader array of cases against unions that engage in negligent behavior toward their members, according to an internal memorandum obtained by Bloomberg BNA. Read More

E-Verify Subject to Collective Bargaining
October 1, 2018

While I-9 compliance is important, companies cannot forget about other labor and employment laws. In May 2018, a meatpacking company in Illinois was caught between ICE and the National Labor Relations Board.ICE conducted an audit of the company’s I-9s. Upon notice of the audit, the company began implementing E-Verify. Read More