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The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision Carries Broad Implications for Employers

The U.S. Supreme Court this week issued its long-awaited decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., regarding the ability of for-profit corporations to refuse to abide by regulations that require them to provide...more

Six Reasons Why Hobby Lobby Does Not Spell “Doom” For Women

I was interviewed yesterday by Colin O’Keefe of LXBN-TV on the impact of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, and I did a “quick and dirty” post on the decision the day it was issued. Since that time, the decision has...more

U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Decision Released

On June 30, 2014, in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc, the Supreme Court held that the contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) with respect to...more

SCOTUS Ruled on Monday that Closely Held Corporations Are Not Required to Provide Contraceptive Coverage

SCOTUS Ruled on Monday in Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al. v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., et al., that the Federal Government cannot require closely held corporations to provide contraceptive...more

The Surprising Truth about Hobby Lobby's Effect in California

On June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, holding that closely-held corporations could refuse to provide contraceptive coverage mandated by U.S....more

Closely Held Corporations Can Be Exempt from ACA Contraception Provisions Based on Religious Objections

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires certain employers to cover women’s preventive health care under their nongrandfathered group health plans at no cost to employees. The U.S. Department of Health...more

Monthly Benefits Update

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court held that regulations under the Affordable Care Act that require employer group health plans to provide contraceptive coverage violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)....more

Supreme Court Allows Closely Held Corporations to Invoke Religious Objections Against Providing Employee Contraceptive Coverage

In a 5-4 decision, the United State Supreme Court ruled Monday in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., that closely held for-profit corporations may invoke religious objections to exclude contraceptive coverage from the...more

Supreme Court: Closely-Held Corporations Are Protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act – Who Will Foot the Bill?

Monday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in the much anticipated Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, holding that closely-held corporations are protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993...more

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

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