U.S. Supreme Court delivers decisions that affect many employers

Missouri Chamber

The U.S. Supreme Court has been getting down to business in its last week of session, delivering three important decisions for Missouri employers.

Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby

On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of craft chain Hobby Lobby, allowing the for-profit business to cite religious objections in order to opt out of providing free contraceptive coverage for their employees under the Affordable Care Act.

Hobby Lobby was joined in the suit by a wood furniture company, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp.   The companies argued that providing methods and devises that they believe work after conception, including emergency contraceptives and intrauterine devices, went against their religious beliefs. Hobby Lobby owners are evangelical Christians. Conestoga is owned by a Mennonite family. More than 50 other companies have filed similar lawsuits.

At the center of the case was determining whether the 1993 religious freedom law, which protects an individual’s…

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