SCOTUS Sides With Tyson Workers’ Donning-Doffing Suit

The Supreme Court, in a 6-2 decision, has sided with Tyson meat packers in a $5.8 million lawsuit claiming they were not compensated for time spent donning and doffing safety gear. The decision was even more noteworthy for two other facts: The court let the class action certification stand after its previous Walmart decision severely […]

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Supreme Court to Rule on Obama’s Immigration/Executive Authority

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on the legality of President Obama’s twin executive orders of November 2014 that aimed to block deportation of illegal immigrations and also offer millions of them work permits. Obama’s plans were blocked first by a federal district judge in Texas and then by the U.S. 5th […]

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Administration Asks SCOTUS for Immediate Relief on Immigration

Facing somewhat long odds, the Obama administration on Friday asked the Supreme Court for an immediate stay on a federal district court injunction against its immigration executive orders that would free up nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and also grant many of them work permits. The most notable of these executive actions are two […]

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5th Circuit Court Affirms Injunction Against Obama Immigration Plan

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans today upheld a federal judge’s injunction against President Obama’s immigration executive orders of 2014, putting a permanent hold on the plans while awaiting trial in Texas. The president’s plan, called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, would have allowed for more […]

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Supreme Court Reconvenes Today

Following a series of liberal-leaning, social-changing decisions in its most recent October-to-July session, the U.S. Supreme Court reconvenes today. After Chief Justice John Roberts for the second time saved Obamacare and Justice Anthony Kennedy engineered a reinterpretation of the 14th Amendment to allow same-sex marriages, the nine justices — five supposedly conservative and four very decidedly liberal — […]

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Contraceptive Mandate Could Land Before Supreme Court

The birth control mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court following contradictory rulings by several U.S. circuit courts. This past week a three-member panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that, as written and implemented, the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and […]

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Administration to Appeal Legal Block to Obama’s Immigration Plan

Administration lawyers will be back before the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals tomorrow in a second attempt to get the justices to lift a legal hold placed on the president’s immigration executive orders by a federal judge in Texas. The effort could prove to be the last opportunity for President Obama to see his […]

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SCOTUS Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Under the 14th Amendment

The Supreme Court has just issued a historic ruling upholding same-sex marriages in all states under the guarantees of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Judge Anthony Kennedy, who has long been a champion of marriage for all, wrote the opinion in the 5-4 ruling. Chief Justice John Roberts, who yesterday was in vocal […]

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SCOTUS Greenlights Lawsuit over Head Scarf Discrimination

Abercrombie & Fitch Co., the nationwide retailer, will no doubt have to revisit its hiring policies following a Supreme Court ruling today that a Muslim job applicant can sue the company after she was rejected for wearing a head scarf, which the company said violated its no-caps rule. The ruling came courtesy of a decisive 8-to-1 majority, with Justice […]

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SCOTUS Shifts 401(k) Oversight Burden to Employers

A unanimous Supreme Court has ruled that employers can be sued by employees if the 401(k) company retirement plans they sponsor are shown to have charged excessive fees. The ruling affirms that employers have a “continuing duty to monitor” 401(k) accounts for fees and other possible financial overages. The ruling stems from a 2007 employee […]

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