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Supreme Court Rejects the Affordable Care Act Contraceptives Mandate for Some Companies

On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5 to 4 decision that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violates a 1993 federal law protecting religious freedom. The decision applied to two corporations challenging the coverage requirement: Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma-based chain of craft stores owned by evangelical Christians with more than 13,000 employees, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a Pennsylvania cabinet company owned by Mennonites. [Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Burwell, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 13-354, 13-356].

The Affordable Care Act stipulates that covered employers provide female workers with insurance coverage for a variety of methods of contraception approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The two companies objected to four of the 20 preventive contraceptives required in the mandate that can terminate the fertilized egg (after conception).

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Supreme Court Finds No “Recess” Existed for Obama’s NLRB Appointments in 2012

On June 26, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday that President Obama’s three “recess appointments” to the National Labor Relations Board made on January 4, 2012, were invalid because they were not in accord with the Recess Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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California Employment Law Update – July 2014

Rest and Recovery Periods

On June 28, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation (S.B. 1360) clarifying that, under existing California law, any legally required rest or recovery period must be counted as hours worked, for which there may be no deduction from wages.

The law goes into effect on January 1, 2015.

Read 2014 CA S.B. 1360

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