Court Invalidates NLRB Recess Appointments
An appellate federal court struck down Presidential appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in an opinion released this week. The case may now move to the Supreme Court. The court found that the recess appointments used by President Obama while Congress was in recess violated the Constitution. The appointments had been made after inaction by congressional Republicans blocked nominees that had been presented for consideration. Long-term implications for the President and the NLRB are unclear. While we await appeal, the NLRB is left with one serving member and the status of recent rulings, which have been the subject of many business and legal discussions, are now in question and vulnerable to challenge.