On June 24, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that President Barack Obama exceeded his authority in 2012 when he made temporary appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) during congressional recess. The "recess-appointments" have been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
The invalid appointments have caused the Board to be without a quorum to act since the appointments in January 2012 to August 2013. The Supreme Court ruling renders hundreds of Board decisions invalid, essentially erasing 18 months of controversial Board precedent.
The current board, which is favorable to labor interest, has promised to resolve affected cases as soon as possible by vetoing previous decisions and rehearing the cases.