The Paley Rothman Blog
Paley Rothman shares this library of resources with clients and friends of the firm to help them stay ahead of legal and business developments and trends. Here, you will find helpful tips and tools written by our attorneys.
Last week, we wrote to you about the 2015-2016 term cases that have been decided. Here is a preview of cases for private sector employers to watch, decisions for which are still pending.
On June 25, 2015, in the eagerly anticipated case of King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court (in a 6-3 vote) ruled in favor of the Obama Administration, upholding the IRS’ authority to provide federal subsidies to individuals in states where the health insurance exchange is run by the federal government (rather than the state).
On April 16, 2015, the EEOC issued its long awaited, and much anticipated, proposed rules on wellness programs as they relate to the requirements and restrictions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Once finalized, these rules will be the critical guide for employers on how they can sponsor a wellness program without running the risk of liability for violating the ADA.
On December 19, 2014, the District of Columbia City Council unanimously approved the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 (the “Act”). The bill, which is subject to the requirements of mayoral approval and congressional review, would expand the prohibition in the District of Columbia Human Rights Act (“DCHRA”) against employment discrimination based on sex (i.e., gender) to also include “reproductive health decisions.”
On its last day of the term, the Supreme Court for the first time ruled, 5-4, that privately held corporations can have religious beliefs and concluded that the government cannot make all private employers cover the cost of contraceptive services. This decision undercuts a provision of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) that requires that certain preventive services, including birth control, be included in all health insurance plans.