Supreme Court Holds NLRB Recess Appointments Invalid. Chaos Ensues?

By Jon Hyman

Jun. 26, 2014

This morning, in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, the U.S. Supreme Court held that President Obama exceeded his authority in making recess appointment to fill vacancies on the NLRB in 2012. 

If you read the early analysis around the Web, you will see people calling this opinion “narrow” and “limited.” Make no mistake. If you are an employer, this case is huge. It likely means that every case decided by the NLRB during the time of the recess appointments is void. That’s more than a year of NLRB decisions out the window, including some of its cutting edge, and controversial, decisions on issues such as social media and protected concerted activity. 
Stay tuned for more analysis of this critical Supreme Court decision.
Jon Hyman is a partner in the Employment & Labor practice at Wickens Herzer Panza. Contact Hyman at


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