Supreme Court Turns 225 Today

The Supreme Court came into being 225 years ago today when President George Washington signed the Judiciary Act of 1789. The act gave the court six justices, and over the years the number has changed to where it stands today at nine justices. The act also established the system of lower courts and the post […]

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Supreme Court Asked by 32 States to Rule on Same-Sex Marriage Bans

Just this past week, a federal court in Louisiana ruled that that state’s ban on same-sex marriages was constitutional, breaking a trend set by 20 other courts that had ruled state bans unconstitutional. Though that decision will now go before a circuit court for review, 32 states both for and against have already petitioned the […]

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SCOTUS Grants Opt-Out Right on Obamacare Contraceptive Rule

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that privately held companies can opt out of the contraceptive clause of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on religious grounds. The requirement in question mandates that certain company-provided health insurance policies include contraceptive services. The ruling came in a review of a lawsuit brought by […]

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SCOTUS Rules Obama 2012 Recess Appointments Unconstitutional

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court today ruled that recess appointments made by President Obama while the Senate was holding "pro-forma" sessions but otherwise on a short break overreached his constitutional authority. "Because the Senate was in session during its pro forma sessions, the president made the recess appointments before us during a break […]

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SCOTUS Extends, Affirms Reach of Whistleblower Protections

A 6-3 Supreme Court decision has reaffirmed the extension of whistleblower protections under the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act of 2002 to a public company's contractors and subcontractors. SOX states that no "public company …, or any officer, employee, contractor, subcontractor or agent of such company, may discharge, demote, suspend, threaten, harass or in any other manner […]

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New Jersey Seeks Supreme Court Reversal of Sports Betting Ban

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is taking his case for statewide sports betting to the U.S. Supreme Court after having his bid to overturn a federal ban rejected by three other courts. In November 2011, New Jersey voters approved a bill establishing sports betting, and Christine signed it into law in January 2012. The NFL, […]

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Supreme Court Holds Donning and Doffing Time Not Compensable

A unanimous Supreme Court has ruled that employees' donning and doffing of protective equipment and then traveling to and from their workstations is not compensable time under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) unless collectively bargained. In Sandifer v. United States Steel Corporation, the court ruled: "We hold that petitioners' donning and doffing of the […]

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A-Rod and Taft-Harley

Both A-Rod and Taft-Harley have something in common besides hyphenated names. A-Rod, aka Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees' highly compensated third baseman, over the weekend learned that an arbitration panel for Major League Baseball (MLB) had reduced his suspension from baseball to 162 games from 211 — in short, all of the 2014 season and postseason. […]

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New Jersey Becomes 14th State to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

Ever since the Supreme Court's June decision overturning Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the full extension of benefits to same-sex couples — such as health and retirement plans — has been embroiled in the legal distinction between a "state of marriage" and "state of celebration." Until yesterday, there were just 13 […]

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IRS Issues Guidance on Refunds for Prior Same-Sex Spouse Benefit Taxes

Following the Supreme Court decision invalidating Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a ruling that legally married same-sex couples are now entitled to the tax benefits long accorded legally married opposite-sex couples. The IRS has subsequently issued guidance granting refunds for any taxes paid prior to […]

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