Employers Must Look Beyond Hobby Lobby Case

Hayes (2467)By: Janet Hayes

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are bound to have heard about the Supreme Court’s recent decision in what is now referenced simply as “the Hobby Lobby case.” From the water cooler to social media to glamour magazines, the decision has been debated and dissected unlike any legal case in recent history. It is not surprising that a case touching on the government’s role in health care, a woman’s access to contraceptives and the freedom of religion would generate a fury of dialogue. Amid the Hobby Lobby hoopla, however, other Supreme Court rulings with significant impacts on employers may have been overlooked. In New Process Steel v. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Supreme Court invalidated three of President Obama’s NLRB recess appointments. The ruling has huge implications for employers because more than 430 decisions made under those NLRB appointees are now subject to challenge, including the decisions relied upon by employers in crafting social media policies.

You can read the entire article in the Knoxville News Sentinel by clicking on the “Hobby Lobby” link below.


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