Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Straw Boss Definition:

An employee with minor supervisory duties.

Related Terms: Supervisor

Also known as lead hand or lead man.

In Precision Fabricators, Justice Swan of the United States Court of Appeals (Second Circuit) referred to a straw boss as an:

"... employees with minor supervisory duties."

In Keener Rubber Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board, the 6th Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit included these words in their opinion:

"Although Mowen was in charge of the second shift, petitioner contends he was merely a straw boss (or leadman) who directed the performance of routine jobs and through whom management sent and enforced its orders with respect to the operations of the second shift. Such an employee is not a supervisor within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act."


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