I still recall bits and pieces of the first negotiation I did as a lawyer more than 30 years ago. I was a new lawyer in a firm that specialized in maritime law, a subject area which seemed to suit me, as I had sailed in the merchant marine and was well acquainted with ships and things nautical. One of the firm’s clients was a tugboat owner who found himself in need of a barge … Read more
Mar 15, 2016
Mar 1, 2016
When Administrative Agencies Break the Laws They Enforce Because Even They Don’t Know What They Mean – What Good Is Their “Expertise”?
Many laws give authority to administrative agencies to actually interpret and enforce particular laws. For instance, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is empowered to interpret and to enforce federal laws prohibiting wrongful discrimination in employment. The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) is similarly responsible for the interpretation and enforcement of federal labor laws.
Agencies such as the EEOC and the NLRB often issue interpretive guidelines. Those guidelines are supposed to explain what the specific … Read more