This case could have a big impact on the President's recess-appointment power beyond just the NLRB. Argument set for December 4, 2013. 2. Whether the President's recess-appointment power may be exercised to fill vacancies that exist during a recess, or is instead limited to vacancies that first arose during that recess.
Compensation for Changing Clothes
Sounds silly, right? But, in Sandifer v. U.S. Steel, steel workers claim they spend up to a few hours per week changing into their work attire. Under an FLSA exception, "changing clothes" may be excluded from compensation by a CBA.
Here, the "clothes" include things like flame-retardant jackets, metatarsals (steel-toed boots), and "snoods" (head and neck protectors). In other words, "donning and doffing" safety gear that is ordinarily compensable - but the gear is kind of clothes-y so maybe it's not. SCOTUS will hopefully draw the line.
Fun fact: I interned at a U.S. Steel plant in Pittsburgh in the IT department in 1998. When I went into the mill I wore the jacket and metatarsals (and hardhat and goggles), but no "snood" - I guess they didn't care that much about me ;-). Argument set for November 4, 2013.
In Harris v. Quinn, the Supreme Court was petitioned to review the following questions: