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Supreme Court Rules Some Employers Exempt from ACA Contraception Mandate

In a widely anticipated decision issued on June 30, 2014, the United States Supreme Court held that the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act, as it applies to closely-held corporations, violates the Religious...more

Your Company Can Have Religious Views and Opt Out of an Affordable Care Act Provision

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Health Care Reform Law, has been and continues to be the target of much debate since the federal statute was...more

Hobby Lobby: The Supreme Court’s View and Its Impact

For the second time in two years the United States Supreme Court (the “Court”) has ruled against the Obama Administration with respect to elements of the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”). In a 5-4 decision announced today in...more

Supreme Court Strikes Down ACA Contraception Mandate for Certain Employers

In a highly anticipated case under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the United States Supreme Court examined whether regulations requiring that group health plans furnish preventive care and screenings...more

For-Profit “Religious Employers” May Exclude Certain Contraceptives From Preventive Care Requirement Under the Affordable Care Act...

On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., that a for-profit corporation is a “person” that has religious rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (“RFRA”). ...more

Supremes Strike Down ACA Contraception Regs

In a highly controversial, but very specific ruling, the Supreme Court struck down Obama administration regulations requiring for-profit corporations to provide insurance coverage for certain forms of contraception. The case...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 25 (Early Edition): What Hobby Lobby Means for the Affordable...

To call the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. much-anticipated or highly controversial is an understatement. And, to be clear, any time the Supreme Court weighs in on bed-rock...more

Two Significant Decisions Affecting Employers Issued the Final Day of the U.S. Supreme Court Session

On the last day of its 2013-2014 session, the U.S. Supreme Court held today that (1) for-profit companies are protected as "persons" under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) and (2) that the...more

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Religious Beliefs Of Business Owner

Yesterday, a divided U.S. Supreme Court held in a 5-4 decision that closely-held for-profit corporations providing group healthcare to their employees could, on religious grounds, be exempted from providing contraception...more

Breaking News: Supreme Court Rules on Affordable Care Act Contraception Mandate

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that certain closely held corporations with religious objections cannot be required to provide health insurance coverage that includes certain types of...more

Supreme Court's Contraceptive Decision Not a One-Size-Fits-All Religious Exemption from the Affordable Care Act's Requirements

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that closely-held, for-profit corporations have standing under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA). In addition, the Court held that while the...more

Supreme Court Decides Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., No. 13-354, holding that, under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), closely-held for-profit corporations cannot be required by...more

Supreme Court Closes Term with Significant Employment-Related Ruling

Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued the last of its opinions for the 2013-2014 annual term. Included was Burwell/Health and Human Services v. Hobby Lobby, a case addressing a religious-based challenge to contraceptive-related...more

For-Profit Corporations Entitled to Religious Exemption from Contraceptive Mandate

On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court decided the closely watched case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. The main question before the court was whether for-profit companies may assert religious grounds to avoid providing...more

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