TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 30, 2014

A divided U.S. Supreme Court today ruled the contraceptive mandate in the federal health care law violates the religious freedom rights of corporate owners who object to providing coverage in employee insurance plans. Justice Samuel Alito Jr., writing for the majority, said “closely held” for-profit corporations cannot be required to provide the coverage under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which requires the government to use the “least restrictive” option when placing a burden on the exercise of religion. Opponents of the decision warned it would be used by companies to avoid a host of regulations. Law.com has more.