This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion on the constitutionality of state laws banning or limiting the recognition of same-sex marriages. As we predicted here, the Court has, once and for all, resolved the split among appellate courts regarding the power of states to define, on their own, what “marriage” is.
This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in King v. Burwell and upheld the Affordable Care Act once again. In a 6-3 opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court held that tax credits are available for health coverage purchased through a federal exchange, like the one in Oklahoma. The ACA […]
The insurance exchanges created under Affordable Care Act have facilitated increased competition. Old version managed care models implemented cost-savings measures like pre-authorizations for medical care, hospital length of stay restrictions, determinations of medical necessity for coverage, second opinions for surgery, exclusions of procedures or services, cost-shifting using higher deductibles and co-payments, and caps on coverage.
Union election petitions and quicker elections have been the immediate effect of the National Labor Relations Board’s new election rules which took effect on April 14, 2015. The new rules were intended to speed up the election process through quicker deadlines and delaying some hearings on some issues until after the election. Unions taking full […]
A company’s ability to protect its confidential information, including trade secrets, can often determine whether that business thrives or dies. And we’re not just talking about safeguarding the recipe to the “secret sauce.” Depending on the nature of your business, a lot of other types of confidential information — business processes, customer lists, financial data, […]
School is out and temperatures are rising. For many employers, summertime means a new crop of student workers. Summer internship programs are a time-honored tradition at many companies, providing educational benefits to the student interns and cheap labor for employers. However, problems may arise when internships are unpaid, as a recent string of wage and […]
The restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday, Inc. was hit with a discrimination lawsuit in Oregon earlier this year that claimed employees were categorically denied positions with the company based on gender. That, of course, is not a unique occurrence—discrimination lawsuits are filed daily across the country. What sets this case apart is that the suit was […]
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and against Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Inc. in a religious discrimination lawsuit involving a Muslim job applicant at its Tulsa, Oklahoma, store. In some ways, the Supreme Court’s decision may have the unintended result of causing some employers to ask […]