How a Supreme Court ruling on Obama’s recess appointments could slow the NLRB

A few items that caught our attention Thursday:

New workload could paralyze NLRB in wake of Supreme Court decision: The National Labor Relations Board said it has identified about 100 decisions that will have to be reviewed in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling that President Obama’s recess appointments to the board were unconstitutional, according to an article from The Hill.

A Supreme Court visitor using his cellphone to take a photo of the court in Washington. (AP)

Criminal probes are “dangerous, scary trend” in whistleblower retaliation: Whistleblower advocates say a new tactic has emerged in the 18 months since the enactment of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, with supervisors pushing for criminal investigations of employees who report wrongdoing, according to a Government Executive report.

Bonus sick leave possible for disabled-veteran feds: A new bipartisan House bill would give former troops who were injured during combat access to their full year’s sick leave immediately upon starting federal jobs, according to a Government Executive report.

U.S. Postal Service seeks firing specialist: The financially struggling Postal Service plans to hire a reduction-in-force administrator who would oversee the agency’s efforts to shrink its workforce, and the new position comes with a salary of up to $104,000, according to an In the Loop article.

Peace Corps evacuates volunteers over African Ebola scare: The Peace Corps announced Wednesday that the organization evacuated volunteers from three West African countries due to the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the region, according to a Washington Post report.

How the Supreme Court justices explained this term’s decisions: Excerpts from majority opinions, concurrences and dissents demonstrate the point-counterpoint nature of the justice’s exchanges, the conversations to which some cases lend themselves and the individual voice that each justice brings to the job, according to a Washington Post article.

Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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Josh Hicks · July 31, 2014