The National Labor Relations Board on Friday extended the deadline for the public to provide input on whether the board should scrap the 2014 rule that updated the process for union representation elections, saying the extra comment time will “aid in the consideration of the issues.”

The rule was dubbed the “ambush election rule” by critics who said that shortening the time between a union petition and election does not give employers enough time to make their case to workers about unionization. Steven W. Suflas, a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP who represents management, said the move was likely a response to pressure.

“Because everyone expects that the new Trump board is going to substantially scale back on the [rules], I think they are trying to deflect additional criticism by people saying they are moving too quickly,” Suflas told Law360 on Friday.

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