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NLRB 2013 Year in Review and 2014 Initiatives

Key labor law developments of 2013 are reviewed here for employers to consider as they look ahead to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) developments in 2014. Employers should prepare to respond to the NLRB's continued...more

"US Supreme Court Cases to Watch in 2014"

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule on numerous significant cases in 2014, involving such issues as presidential power, affirmative action, campaign contributions, environmental regulations, intellectual property, commercial...more

NLRB Formally Rescinds Quickie Election Rule, Still Assessing Next Move

On the heels of its decision earlier this month to abandon its previously enjoined notice posting rule, last week the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) formally rescinded its “quickie election” rule that we have covered...more

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Noel Canning Case Regarding Recess Appointments to the NLRB

On Monday, January 13, 2014, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Noel Canning case. The court will rule on the validity of the controversial recess appointments to the NLRB made by President Obama on...more

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in the Noel Canning “Recess Appointments” Case

This morning, the Supreme Court of the United States heard 90 minutes of oral argument in a landmark case regarding the constitutionality of President Obama’s January 4, 2012 “recess appointments” to the National Labor...more

Noel Canning Oral Argument: Justices Express Skepticism

My experience is that oral arguments, while often interesting, rarely open much of a window into exactly how a court will actually decide the case. Today’s Supreme Court argument in NLRB v. Noel Canning may be an exception....more

Labor & Employment E-Note - December 12, 2013

In This Issue: - High Court Gives NLRB Time to Challenge Recess Appointments - High Court Hears Case on Union, Employer "Neutrality Agreements" - Appeals Court Overturns NLRB Arbitration Agreements Decision -...more

Noel Canning Implications Of Mandatory Bargaining Of Discretionary Discipline

In January, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on NLRB v. Noel Canning. Over 700 cases could potentially be impacted with the Court's decision. Though Noel Canning deals with somewhat esoteric questions—whether the...more

Not So Fast, My Friend! Eleventh Circuit Weighs In On NLRB Recess Appointment Issue

As we previously reported, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Noel Canning v. NLRB, 705 F.3d 490 (D.C. Cir. 2013) struck down President Barack Obama’s “recess appointments” of three members of the...more

The Supreme Court: Cases to Watch in the October 2013 Term

This week marks the first Monday in October, which for Supreme Court watchers is a holiday: the start of a new term. While not everyone gets that excited about the new term, there are several cases that the Court intends to...more

Court is in Session: Three Employment Law Cases Before the Supreme Court to Watch This Term

The United States Supreme Court is now in session and three cases stand out on the docket that private employers will want to follow. While not the blockbusters heard during the Court’s last session, these cases will address...more

Opening Salvo

The NLRB has filed its opening Supreme Court brief in the Noel Canning case, in which the validity of the President’s January, 2012 recess appointments of former, putative NLRB members Richard Griffin and Sharon Block are at...more

The NLRB Creates A New Defense

A federal district court in Washington has struck down an NLRB petition for a Section 10(j) injunction because the NLRB lacked a valid quorum at the time the petition was authorized. In Hooks v. Kitsap Tenant Support...more

The NLRB’s “Quickie Election” Rule and the DOL’s “Persuader” Rule: Back in the Spotlight with NLRB and Labor Appointments

Recently, the Senate confirmed Thomas Perez as Secretary of Labor and all five of President Obama’s nominees to serve as members of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”)....more

CFPB’s Cordray Ratifies Recess Appointment Actions

The head of the CFPB, Richard Cordray, was initially appointed by a recess appointment which has generated speculation as to its validity and resulted in certain court actions. Mr. Cordray’s appointment was subsequently...more

CFPB Seeks To Ratify Director’s Pre-Confirmation Actions

Earlier today, the CFPB published a “Notice of Ratification” in the Federal Register in response to concerns about the legal validity of its actions during the period that Director Richard Cordray served as recess appointee. ...more

Finally, For The First Time In Over A Decade, The National Relations Labor Board Has Five Senate-Confirmed Board Members

Those active in labor law are familiar with the political chaos that has surrounded the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) since this past January. In six months, the NLRB went from being the subject of a Circuit Court...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - August 15, 2013

In This Issue: - NLRB Rulings in Limbo as High Court Reviews Recess Appointments - New Labor Board Members Likely to Help Employers with Disputes - NLRB Says Social Media Restrictions Could Violate Labor Law -...more

Another Circuit Court Finds President's NLRB Recess Appointments Unconstitutional

Last month, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit raised the stakes on what has become one of the most prominent topics in the labor law community in recent times with its 2-1 decision in National Labor...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - July 11, 2013

In This Issue: - High Court Makes it Harder for Workers to Sue in Bias Cases - High Court to Decide on Obama's NLRB Recess Appointments - Criminal Background Checks May Violate Civil Rights Act, EEOC Says -...more

D.C. federal court grants CFPB’s motion to dismiss in State National Bank of Big Spring

Yesterday, the CFPB’s motion to dismiss was granted in State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, et al. v. Lew, et al., the case filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C. that included a challenge to President...more

NLRB Back At Full Strength After Senate Approves Slate Of Nominees

As we reported earlier this month, Senate leaders reached a compromise to return a full complement of five members to the National Labor Relations Board after President Obama agreed to withdraw his February 2013 nominations...more

Court set to rule on CFPB’s motion to dismiss in State National Bank of Big Spring

It looks like the court is finally set to rule on the CFPB’s motion to dismiss in State National Bank of Big Spring, Texas, et al. v. Lew, et al., the case still pending in federal district court in Washington, D.C. that...more

President Withdraws Nominations Of NLRB Members That Are The Subject Of The Noel Canning Case, But Impact Of Withdrawals Uncertain

Last week, as part of an agreement between Senate Democrats and Republicans to avoid the "nuclear option" of eliminating the filibuster for executive branch nominations, President Obama agreed to withdraw the pending...more

New lawsuit challenging CFPB’s constitutionality filed

Constitutional challenges to the CFPB’s authority have not ended with Director Cordray’s confirmation last week as CFPB Director....more

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