Not a Member? Get access to HR news and resources that you can trust.
Standing desks and other innovative workstations can help counterbalance the negative health effects of sitting.
Is your employee handbook ready for the New Year? With SHRM’s Employee Handbook Builder get peace of mind that your handbook is up-to-date.
Get the HR education you need without travel expenses or time out of the office.
Elevate Your Talent Strategy. Join us in Chicago, IL – April 24-26, 2017.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.
The tragic passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia throws employers into a world of uncertainty. Scalia’s death will no doubt lead to an unusual amount of turmoil for the foreseeable future.
(Fisher & Phillips)
How Scalia’s Death Affects 9 Big Cases at the Supreme Court
Scalia’s death threatens to derail a long-term project to roll back the power of regulatory agencies, plaintiff lawyers and the federal government—a project that the court under Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. has advanced with remarkable success. Here are some of the major unresolved cases of this term whose futures have suddenly become harder to predict.
Here’s How Scalia’s Death Affects Supreme Court Rulings This Year
Scalia’s death is a major setback for the conservative legal movement, as will become clear in the months ahead. On tap to be decided in the next four months are cases affecting the power of labor unions and President Barack Obama’s health care and immigration policies. With Scalia on the bench, conservatives stood a chance of winning them all. Not anymore.
Justices Will Review Fee Collection by Public Employees’ Unions The high court has agreed to decide this term whether allowing unions to collect agency fees from public employees who are not union members violates the employees’ First Amendment rights to free speech and free association. At oral argument in the case, Scalia was skeptical about why the fees were needed, asking, “Why do you think that the union would not survive without these fees charged to nonmembers of the union? Federal employee unions do not charge agency fees to nonmembers, and they seem to survive; indeed, they prosper.”
Supreme Court May Resuscitate Obama’s Immigration Actions
While conservatives hoped that the Supreme Court would strike down Obama’s immigration actions, immigration law attorneys were hopeful even before Scalia’s death that the court would support Obama’s controversial immigration actions. It was anticipated that Scalia would be among the staunchest opponents on the bench of Obama’s immigration actions.
Allen Smith, J.D., is the manager of workplace law content for SHRM. Follow him @SHRMlegaleditor.
You have successfully saved this page as a bookmark.
Please confirm that you want to proceed with deleting bookmark.
You have successfully removed bookmark.
Please log in as a SHRM member before saving bookmarks.
Your session has expired. Please log in again before saving bookmarks.
Please purchase a SHRM membership before saving bookmarks.
An error has occurred
Recommended for you
CA Resources at Your Fingertips
SHRM’s HR Vendor Directory contains over 3,200 companies