For the first time in quite a while, the National Labor Relations Board operated with a full complement of Directors this week as fifth Director William Emanuel was confirmed early this week by the United States Senate on a party-line vote of 49-47. Emanuel’s confirmation gives the 5-person Board a 3-2 republican majority for the first time since 2007 when George W. Bush occupied the White House. And, right on cue, one of the agency’s more controversial Obama-era decisions, NLRB v. Murphy Oil, will be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on Monday, the first sitting of SCOTUS for the 2017-2018 session. The NLRB ruled in the Murphy Oil case that contract provisions requiring employees to pursue arbitration rather than litigation to resolve disputes with the employer violate the National Labor Relations Act by interfering with the employees’ rights to engage in “concerted activities” for their “mutual aid and protection”. Next up is a hearing on Attorney Peter Robb, nominated as NLRB General Counsel.