In New Process Steel v. NLRB, the high court ruled 5-4 that the NLRB, which hears disputes between employers and managers, must maintain 3 members of the five-member board in order to render decisions. For years the NLRB has functioned with only two members due to political fights over nominees to the Board. The opinion is available here (pdf). During a recent ACS event about the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the NLRB, panelists discussed the legacy of the act, which was created to protect the rights of workers and encourage collective bargaining. That discussion featured a keynote address by Deputy Secretary of Labor, Seth Harris, followed by a panel discussion of scholars and former NLRB members. Video of the event and ACSblog interviews with two of the panelists is available here.
In an 8-0 opinion, with Justice John Paul Stevens not taking part, the justices ruled that Florida officials did not violate the Constitution with a beach-widening project that altered the property of beachfront homeowners. The homeowners argued that the project, which was launched to counter erosion, amounted to a taking of property without just compensation in violation of the Constitution, The Associated Press reported. The opinion in Stop the Beach v. Florida Department of Environmental Protection is here (pdf). For more information and analysis of the other decisions issued today see SCOTUSblog here.