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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EEOC Wins Conciliation Battle in Supreme Court

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that courts may only conduct a “relatively bare-bones review” of conciliation efforts by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The decision stems from the EEOC’s lawsuit against Mach Mining, LLC, headquartered in Marion, Ill. The commission sued Mach Mining in September 2011, alleging that the […]

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SCOTUS to Weigh Same-Sex Marriage Issues Regarding States’ Rights

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear both sides on issues involving the rights states may have in defining marriage. The court in 2013 already struck down federal prohibitions on same-sex marriages when it invalidated Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Now it turns its attention to whether states can define marriage […]

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SCOTUS Sides with Pregnant Driver in Long-Running UPS Lawsuit

The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, has sided with former UPS driver Peggy Young in her legal efforts against her former employer, whom she accused of discrimination because it refused to put her on lighter duty when she was pregnant. Ms. Young twice lost in lower courts in her effort to sue UPS for back […]

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Amazon Workers Won’t Be Paid for Standing in Security Lines

A unanimous Supreme Court decision issued today declared that Amazon warehouse workers who are forced to stand in line for security checks upon leaving their worksite are no longer on the clock, and thus the time spent in line is not compensable. Amazon requires those who work in its warehouses to go through security checks […]

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DOL ‘Interpretations’ Go Before High Court Today

The Department of Labor (DOL) is the subject of a Supreme Court review today in the case of Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association (Thomas Perez is DOL Secretary), with arguments focusing on whether a federal agency can issue “interpretations” of existing laws and regulations without conducting a public commentary period. The Mortgage Bankers Association brought […]

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