August Issue Highlights
- August note from the editor
- Profile – Cindy Kolb, J.D.
- Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Hobby Lobby – What Does it Mean for Employers? by Sally F. Barron
- ERISA Turns 40! by Kristen Minton
- Highlights from Strategic Leadership for HR Executives in Little Rock June 17
- 2014 Tennessee SHRM Conference and Expo September 17-19 in Sevierville
- Supreme Court Holds NLRB Recess Appointments Invalid by Tanja L. Thompson and Brenda N. Canale
- 13th Annual Employment Law and Legislative Affairs Conference Agenda in Little Rock September 18-19
- For the HR Professional Company Retirement Plans Spell Opportunity, Responsibility and Liability by Ben Watkins
- Get Certified! – Register for Our Online HR Certification Exam Prep Class Beginning August 18
- ESOP Fiduciaries Not Entitled to Presumption of Prudence by Paul R. O’Rourke
- Outcomes-Based Health Risk Management by Tammy Quinn and Kayla O’Neal
- DOMA – The Windsor Decision’s Impact on Retirement Plan Designs by Robin B. Taylor
- A New Chapter for Retirement by Charles Sims, Jr.
- Add Some Life to the Workplace by Blake Rogers, Jimmy Hinton and Ricky Reynolds
- Preparing for the 2015 Affordable Care Act Implementation by Dwayne O. Littauer, Esq.
- Tennessee Legislative Update: Significant Changes Favor Employers by Gary Peeples
- Shazor v. Professional Transit Management – The Intersection of Race and Gender by Latosha Dexter
- Highlights from Bass Berry Sims Seminar on June 26
- Leading with Integrity – The Power of Walking Your Talk by Janyne Peek Emsick, PhD
- Proskauer Releases 2014 Social Media in the Workplace Global Study
- Mid-South Compensation Association Annual Total Rewards Seminar
- Why Small Business Should be Worried About Ice? by Bruce E. Buchanan
- 5 Steps to Stay Positive When Facing Adversity by Harvey Deutschendorf
- Web Exclusive – 10 Steps to Reduce Turnover by Cynthia Y. Thompson
Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Hobby Lobby!
The Supreme Court ruled June 30 that closely held companies cannot be forced to provide certain contraception to their employees. The Supreme Court issued the much-anticipated decision on the religious freedom challenge businesses have brought against the Affordable Care Act contraception mandate.
Hobby Lobby, along with Conestoga Wood Specialties, are closely-held companies whose owners claim their religious rights would be infringed if the firms have to comply with parts of the Affordable Care Act. In particular, they complain about covering certain forms of birth control for employees and their families.
Hobby Lobby objected to providing four of the 20 required contraceptives because they prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman’s womb,which the owners contend is abortion and violates their religious beliefs. Hobby Lobby has not tried to prevent women from exercising their constitutional right to obtain abortions. However, they do not want to pay for them or for contraception that causes them.
The Hobby Lobby case was not about an individual’s right to choose to have an abortion, but about government’s right to force people opposed to abortions to fund abortion-inducing drugs or devices for their employees. The real issue in this case is the free exercise of religion that is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The Court made clear that their ruling only affects closely held private companies.
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