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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By Refusing to Hear the Issue, SCOTUS Allows Gay Marriage in Five More States

The Supreme Court today refused to consider whether states can ban gay marriages and in so doing upheld rulings by judges in five states that had struck down bans on gay marriages. As a result, Virginia, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Utah and Indiana will now be obliged to allow gay marriages, bringing the total number of states […]

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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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