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with Diane Hamilton and Nilesh Patel

January 2013

Court rules NLRB has no power


Court rules NLRB has no power

The current National Labor Relations Board has been upending settled employment practices at a furious rate. Legal karma may have caught up to the agency and the Obama administration, with both facing an unsettling legal ruling upending a decades-old practice of presidents making executive appointments during Senate recesses. On Jan. 25, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that recent board members were appointed in an unconstitutional manner and the board has not had a quorum to conduct any business since January 2012.

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A closer look at the 7th Circuit Court’s Act 10 ruling


A closer look at the 7th Circuit Court’s Act 10 ruling

On Jan. 18, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on the federal constitutional challenges to 2011 Wisconsin Act 10, the Budget Repair Bill that drastically changed collective bargaining for state and municipal workers in Wisconsin. In a 74-page opinion, the court rejected challenges to three provisions of the law and upheld all of Act 10.

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EEOC’s strategic enforcement plan for 2013-16


EEOC’s strategic enforcement plan for 2013-16

On Dec. 17, 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) approved a strategic enforcement plan, which will be effective from Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2016. The plan outlines six enforcement priorities that employers should keep in mind.

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About This Blog

 Diane Hamilton, PCC, SPHR, is the owner and founder of Calibra, a coaching and consulting firm focused on maximizing leadership potential. Nilesh Patel is the principal attorney of the Mahadev Law Group, LLC, which focuses on human resources and employment law issues for organizations. He can be reached at Both bloggers are members of Wisconsin SHRM, which is dedicated to being the state leader in HR management and the premier source for HR expertise and resources. More information can be found at You can follow the WI SHRM blog at



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