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July 1, 2014   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes NLRB Recess AppointmentS


Article courtesy of U.S. Chamber Litigation Center

In an historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Obama violated the Recess Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution in making three appointments to the National Labor Relations Board on January 4, 2012 without the advice and consent of the Senate.  In an opinion by Justice Breyer (9-0 on the judgment, 5-4 on the reasoning), the Court held that the Recess Appointments Clause empowers the President to fill any existing vacancy during any recess (intrasession or intersession) of sufficient length, and holds that the appointments here are invalid because they occurred during only a three-day recess.  This the first time the Supreme Court has ever addressed the meaning of the Recess Appointments Clause, and the 108 pages of opinions exhaustively analyze the text, structure, and history of the Clause.  The U.S. Chamber Litigation Center represented Noel Canning, a member of the Chamber, in the Supreme Court, and served as co-counsel to Noel Canning alongside the law firm Jones Day.  

The decision provides certainty about the status of hundreds of cases that were unlawfully decided by panels of unconstitutionally appointed members of the Board. The Board will now need to reconsider those cases, and it might also have to reconsider numerous other official acts, such as appointments of Regional Directors and other Board officials, that were taken by unconstitutionally appointed members of the Board.

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Statewide Young Professionals Event

Great news for YPs! The early bird rate has been extended until Monday, July 14 and a tentative agenda is online for the inaugural LeadSC Young Professionals Summit. The agenda will feature topics like:

  • Maximize your non-profit board participation
  • Personal branding
  • How to influence the political process in your community
  • Community planning and development
  • Industry tracks including leadership, diversity, legal, accounting, entrepreneurial
  • And much more.

Sponsorships start at just $500 and include opportunities to send multiple staff members from your company based on your level of support. The exclusive Presenting Sponsorship is still available. Click here to find out more about sponsoring the LeadSC Young Professionals Summit or contact Hannah Cook at 803.255.2565.

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Agenda Announced for environmental & 
energy forum

Be a part of the discussion during the third Competitiveness Agenda Series Forum, presented by McNair Law Firm, P.A. Participants will learn how energy and environmental issues are impacting South Carolina businesses. Registration fees start at only $50, and sponsorships start at only $300.

Topics include:

  • Navigating DHEC
  • Tax Incentives for Pollution Control Technologies
  • Traditional and Renewable Energy
  • Natural Gas Energy Generation
  • Fighting Environmental Permit Issues
  • Environmental Prosecution: Personal Cost of Action (PCA)
  • National Environmental Issues: EPA Focus 2015
  • Case Studies on Sustainability Initiatives
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